The Sony SmartWig

Sony was granted a patent for its "SmartWig" in 2016, but, to date, it doesn't seem to have brought the device to market.

The idea was that a person could pair their smartphone with the wig and then receive "tactile feedback" (such as a vibration) when they received a text or email.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The SmartWig had many more potential uses, such as the following:

During a presentation the user may, for example, move forward or backward through presentation slides by simply pushing the sideburns, i.e. by pushing the one or more buttons. Thus, the user can control the presentation slides simply by natural behavior like touching side burns. Additionally, the wearable computing device may comprise a laser pointer that is arranged in or on the wig. The laser pointer may, for example, be arranged on a forehead part of the wig, so that the user may point out relevant information on the projected slide in the above-explained presentation mode.

I imagine it would be a lot more difficult to aim a laser pointer with your head rather than your hand. Not to mention it would look bizarre.

#40 represents the possible location of a laser pointer

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 24, 2024
     Category: Technology | Patents | Hair and Hairstyling

These kinds of patents are registered "just in case". It's patent squatting, really. It wouldn't survive an honest lawsuit, but unfortunately, with the kind of fuck-you money multinationals have, no lawsuit against them is ever going to be resolved honestly.
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/24/24 at 07:10 AM

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