On March 21, 2013 The US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Sony revealing a general computing Head Mounted Display (HMD) or Glass project. While most of Sony's Head Mounted Display or Glass patent filings to date have been primarily aimed at future gaming, we now discover that Sony has been working on a different kind of Glass project since early 2008 for general computing.
A new continuation patent surfaced this week at the US Patent and Trademark Office showing that Sony is still actively working on this patent when they filed it back in November 2012. Unlike their previous HMD filings, Sony is deadly focused on the mechanics of this Glass project and not on the applications that will fuel it.
Sony's patent FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an exemplary head-mounted display apparatus and FIG. 8 is an exemplary conceptual diagram of an image display device included in the head-mounted display apparatus.
Sony's continuation patent application 20130069850 was filed in November 2012 which cross references back to their original Japanese patent filing in October 2008.
In the short term there's no doubt whatsoever that Google will be taking the lead in the new Glass device category because their patent revelations continually prove that their master plan is very extensive in scope.
What this patent application doesn't clue us in on of course is whether Sony is considering working with Google's Android so as to present consumers with a competing design or whether they're considering a custom route using a competing OS. Only time will tell.
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