Indicating towards a major entry into VR with Google Glass and a big hardware upgrade for future Chromebooks, Google last week, has been awarded two patents, specifically applicable to the two above mentioned causes.
Out of the two granted patent, one is in the field of wireless charging with possible applications in Chromebook and the second is the technology which allows the users wearing a Google Glass like head mounted display to take pictures whenever the user makes a finger gesture in front of display like a director of movie does in air.
The wireless charging technology involves the use of small charging coils embedded inside the keyboard that could act as both receivers and transmitters. So you could charge your smartphone by simply setting it down on your keyboard.
The coils are small enough to sit under a single key, so repairs would be relatively easy if it suddenly stopped working.
The patent itself goes by the name “inductive charging keyboard”, however few references in the text also indicate to the fact that the keyboard wouldn’t be all by its lonesome.
Detailing the two patents, Google says that the wireless charging device and keyboard may further be built into a housing of a primary device such as a laptop computer. This new technology may be incorporated in the upcoming Google Chromebook and even has the potential to feature in other keyboards due to the universality of technology.
The second patent involves a Glass-like head-mounted display to automatically take pictures when it recognises a consumer’s fingers. The device is capable of making any additional cropping, white balance and exposure adjustments as well.
So, if a user made a circular “O” shape with one hand as example, they can end up with a round picture. The same technique goes for using two hands to frame a rectangular portrait. The device’s camera will look out for fingers to screen up in its view, and as in when it senses them, it will capture the photo.
The patent reads: ‘An HMD may analyse image data from a point-of-view camera on the HMD and detect when a wearer holds their hands in front of their face to frame a subject in the wearer’s field of view’. Thats a solid indication that the ‘HMD’ in contention here is probably Google Glass.
‘Further, the HMD may detect when the wearer withdraws their hands from such a frame formation and responsively capture an image.’
However like many of the patents obtained by Google, it is unclear whether these new ideas will get converted into reality as these new technologies may or may not be incorporated in any of the devices in near future.