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December 3, 2015

Amazon Patents Show Augmented Reality in Users’ Livingroom

Device Would Be Vastly Different From Current VR Headsets

Virtual reality headsets are coming out of the proverbial woodwork but Amazon’s looking to make augmented reality a bit larger.

Amazon-logoPatent papers filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office show how the company is investigating technology that would, it appears, transform a user’s livingroom into its own virtual reality.

“The augmented reality may range in sophistication from partial augmentation, such as projecting a single image onto a surface and monitoring user interaction with the image, to full augmentation where an entire room is transformed into another reality for the user’s senses,” the papers explain.

In the pair of patents, as reported by Bloomberg, the company hopes to create an environment where users could control devices using their hands with cameras monitoring the appendages and recognizing different parts.
What’s perhaps more interesting is the company’s bid to use a single light source in its technology. Other augmented reality devices generally use multiple light sources. While it’s rove to be an effective way to operate the technology it can be expensive with the multiple light sources.

Amazon explains this in its papers noting “frequent recalibration of the (multiple light) system would be inefficient, cost-intensive and would require the consumption of other resources.”

The various drawings included with the patent documents illustrate some interesting ideas with detailed explanations of how the system would work.

There’s no details on when Amazon would be hoping — if at all — to introduce any type of devices into the marketplace.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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