Not be outdone by Google’s glasses, Microsoft has filed for their very own augmented reality glasses. According to a patent filing published by the USPTO today, Microsoft seems set to join the battle of the head mounted displays.
Event Augmentation With Real-Time Information
Patent No. 20120293548
Here is the patent extract:[quote] A system and method to present a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event. A user wearing an at least partially see-through, head mounted display views the live event while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user’s field of view, while wearing the head mounted display. The information is presented in a position in the head mounted display which does not interfere with the user’s enjoyment of the live event.[/quote]
The Patent Background
Fans of live sporting and artistic events have enjoyed various types of information which is provided on different displays to supplement the live event. This supplemental information is provided both when the user is in attendance at the event and when the user views the event on broadcast media. One example of this is the augmentation of football games to display a first down marker superimposed on a playing field in a broadcast television event, and the broadcast of replays both on broadcast television and large displays at the venue of the event.
When attending live events, spectators may be provided with screen displays augmenting the performance. This augmentation can include instant replays and language translation. Such augmentation causes the user to divert their gaze away from the event toward the display device.
Technology is presented to provide a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event. The information is provided about actions and objects occurring within an event and within the user’s field of view. A user wearing an at least partially see-through, head mounted display can view the live event while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user’s field of view, while wearing the head mounted display. The information is presented in a position in the head mounted display which does not interfere with the user’s enjoyment of the live event.
In a further aspect, a computer implemented method providing supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event includes receiving an indication that a user is attending a live event. The user’s field of view through the head mounted display is determined and objects within the field of view at the live event identified. Supplemental information describing at least the objects in the field of view of the user during a portion of the live event is retrieved and that information which is to be provided to the user is determined by a human or programmatic means. The supplemental information is displayed in the head mounted device and may change as the user’s view changes or objects and actions within the live event change.
This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.