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Mar
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Just because a company files a patent for something, it doesn't mean that idea will eventually see the light of day. In this case, the patent filing in question doesn't just concern an unannounced but rumored product, it deals with a particular aspect. As it turns out, Samsung may one day want us to walk around interacting with our not-yet-confirmed-but-totally-expected Galaxy Glasses while typing on our palms.

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The glasses presumably use a camera to project an augmented reality keyboard onto your fingers. You then type onto them using your thumbs, with the camera tracking their movement. The image below also shows the option to input text using a single hand.

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Samsung filed the patent last year at the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Korean Intellectual Property Office. If the company does decide to follow through with this approach, I just hope they include Swype-style gesture support. I have finger fatigue just thinking about this.

Source: GalaxyClub.nl via SamMobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • morteum

    I just imagine a group of people standing around looking at their open-book shaped hands wiggling their fingers and someone being confused as hell as to what is going on.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      satanistic cult of technology!

      • morteum

        Isn't that what we are? I don't know about you but I don't plan on buying Samsung Glass anytime soon.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        ALL HAIL THE FINGER PUPPETS

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    • supremekizzle

      I watched a guy at Costco talking into his wrist. Everybody was looking at him perplexed, but I knew. I knew that fucker had a smart watch and I was jelly. Jellysickle city all the way...

      • Varun Bansal

        This tech do exists but in a more beautiful way (open source) ... Google 'The SixthSense' #androidauthority and the creator of this technology is head of Samsung R&D sector! Here you go :-
        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SixthSense

  • Amar

    This has Pranav Mistry written all over it!

  • Ivan Martinez

    Just tested it out, doesn't feel very natural, and T G Y aren't the easiest to push. Would've been much nicer projecting out a keyboard that we "type" on

    • My name is….

      lmao, where would that keyboard be projected? In the air?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    OH MY GOD just project a keyboard onto a flat surface you idiots.

    • Hans Pedersen

      Yup, that flat surface we always bring, in front of us, whenever we're on the go...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Well, we do that now with phones! =P I guess there would be no reason you couldn't use an "air keyboard." You probably wouldn't need a flat surface, just break an imaginary plane with your fingers and it would type.

        • Cheeseball

          A la Ghost in the Shell? That would be perfect, but I don't see that materializing any time soon. :(

        • Hans Pedersen

          I don't think you got it... :)

          This is actually a really clever idea to use the properties of a pair of visually aware smart glasses and something most two handed people always bring with them; their hands.

          When you type, you want to type on something. Feel resistance and look at something physical to "aim" for with your fingers. If the software is capable of rendering letters on the inside of your fingers, and also be able to detect that you're actually typing on those letters with your other hand, your mind will perceive this as a much more accurate keyboard than some virtual projected ditto.

          • Brendan Dillon

            This might be the dumbest idea Samsung has had in a long time. Considering how poorly they've executed some of their other ideas, this sounds even worse.

    • Ivan Myring

      Just saying, these do exist: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0056KW50C

      • Matt

        You aren't understanding the post. This is not a projected keyboard. This is augmented reality. So the "glasses" you are looking through would make it look like there are keys on your fingers. Not a keyboard using lasers.

    • Cheeseball

      I think the idea behind this patent is to avoid using a flat surface, especially when you're on-the-go. It's a nice idea, but seriously needs refining (e.g. "key"-press accuracy).

    • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

      It will probably work on a flat surface too.

    • Matthew Fry

      Then we can strap that flat surface to our chests!

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    • Matt

      Augmented reality = using your eyes. So this would eliminate the need for a surface....

    • TheUndertaker21

      so laugh, I forgot to funny

  • brkshr

    NO!

  • Udayan Banerji

    Of course. Pranav Mistry works for Samsung now, and he invented this way back in 2001: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SixthSense

  • MJ

    I am punching the first person in the head see typing on their fingers with thier thumb using a Samsung "Galaxy Glass".

    • Mohammed Kamareddine

      Such a badass

  • Ryan

    This would be hell on people who have arthritis in their hands or something. Or someone like me with a very bad wrist from repetitive motions...

    • david

      they would have the exact same problem while using just a phone, wouldn't they?!

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Looks like it might be a worthy competitor to Google Glass.

  • EH101

    Easily one of the more ridiculous ideas I've seen in a long while.

  • anon

    gimmick++

  • Ark

    Yeah....no thanks

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    This somehow will look weirder than calling with a 6" smartphone lol

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    That just brought me an idea - why don't I control mouse pointer with a gyroscope, in my glorious Linux emulator app? MWAHAHA /gone coding

    • Hans Pedersen

      I think Logitech beat you to that by a few years with that air mouse. :)

  • flosserelli

    A better graphic

    • Varun Bansal

      And Samsung ruins this too just like my android 4.3 JB update for SGS3.... Y? Becoz, This tech do exists but in a more beautiful way (open source) ... Google 'The SixthSense' #androidauthority and now the creator of this technology is head of Samsung R&D sector! Here you go :-
      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SixthSense

  • Jephri

    People with 6 fingers get a ten key pad too!

  • didibus

    You shouldn't be able to patent ideas like this. If you've figured out a process that actually make this work, then you should be able to patent such process, apart from that, no.