Last year Microsoft won a design patent for smart fabric products, discussing how to incorporate modern computer-based technology into common fabrics. Based on this concept, Microsoft has obtained an electronic smart glove patent that provides vibration output through one or more haptic output devices.
According to the patent description, the smart glove has different stiffness areas and can be fitted with input and output equipment in addition to high wear resistance. The glove also supports a variety of user input devices, such as keyboards, mice, touch screens or game controllers.
The patent description reads
In some embodiments, the input subsystem may include or interact with a selected natural user input (NUI) component. Such components can be integrated or peripheral, and the transduction and/or processing of input actions can be processed on or on board.
Example NUI components may include microphones for speech and/or speech recognition, infrared, color, stereoscopic and/or depth cameras for machine vision and/or gesture recognition, head trackers for motion detection and/or intent to recognize, eye trackers, accelerometers and/or gyroscopes, and electric field sensing components for evaluating brain activity.
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