Ctrl Freaks: Google Patent Turns Entire Body Into Keyboard

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Google obtained a long-awaited patent this week for a device which offers a modification to its troubled Google glass project, allowing a head-mounted computer to project keyboards and keypads onto different body parts.

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On June 30, Google obtained a patent for detailed plans of its latest innovation: a device which projects a keyboard onto a body part such a a hand or forearm, and uses a camera to translate the finger movements into keystrokes.

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According to the description of the proposal, the laser and the camera may be installed in a device that sounds much like its Google Glass product, which ran into trouble this year after complaints from users of headaches, and from the general public about privacy concerns due to its built-in camera.

"The laser projector may be mounted on an arm of a pair of eyeglasses and the camera may be mounted on an opposite arm of the eyeglasses. The processor may further be mounted on the eyeglasses and coupled to the laser projector and/or camera."

"A laser pattern for a virtual input device can be projected onto a hand of the user, and the user may use an opposite hand to select items of the virtual input device." 

Wrote Google in its patent application, which was filed in June 2012.

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Google body keyboard  - Sputnik International
Google body keyboard
The keyboard on body parts idea is not Google's first for a virtual keyboard; in March the tech company was awarded a patent for the invention of a virtual keyboard that uses audio sensors to detect the movement of users' fingers on a flat surface. 

Called "touch typing emulator for a flat surface," the product connects to a computer via USB and uses acoustic sensors to detect typing, but requires its users to be proficient in touch typing.

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