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.
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.
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."
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.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.