Microsoft patent emerges for augmented reality gaming glasses

Friday, 2nd August 2013 14:56 GMT By Dave Owen

A patent filed in 2012 by Microsoft has been made public to show that the company’s idea for augmented reality glasses that are designed primarily for multiplayer gaming. Some very technical terms follow the break.

Microsoft is requesting a patent for “the system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user-mounted display device.”

“In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game,” the patent request continues. “The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates the invitation with the potential player using the eye-tracking information, the depth information, the facial recognition information, the potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or the potential player voice data.”

The player is then made a potential match, which can be accepted to enter a multiplayer game. This aims to reduce the time it takes to set up matches through a menu system.

This patent is very similar to the ‘Fortaleza’ glasses mentioned in a roadmap leaked last year. That stated a potential release of late 2014. Many of the projects rumoured in the roadmap have since been revealed by Microsoft, including new Kinect, Xbox One, and forthcoming entertainment services. So this could be coming soon.

Source: NeoGAF




    Looking forward to seeing what they can do with these…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Uh… In English?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. MCTJim


    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    MS would be absolutly crazy not to turn these into a Google Glass competitor.

    By the time they are ready for market, Google Glass will be out.

    MS will have already used the Xbone to harvest a great deal of your likes / dislikes and these would be the perfect extension.


    Go out with your Xbox glasses, take photo’s and video, when you come home the data had already been uploaded to the Xbone through the cloud.

    Take your cloud playlists (music etc…) from the Xbone, straight to your Xbox AR glasses and use it on the move. You could also make purchases which would be ready when you arrive home.

    Stream live video footage (from your Mountain Biking journey for example), straight to a dedicated video channel on your XBone so all your friends can watch and comment.

    To purely use these for games and AR in house would be such a waste from a marketing and R&D perspective. Especially as other similar devices will be rushing to market at a similar time.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. bradk825

    I totally don’t understand most of this, like comment #2. Which can only mean one thing: These will be awesome. lol.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fearmonkey

    This has more possibilities to me than Kinect, but still could end up a gimmick. I’m taking a wait and see on this, but it could be interesting. I think Sony might have something up their sleeves on this as well, possibly aligning themselves with the Oculus Rift.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MrWaffles

    Let me get thid out of the way:
    Are you aware the cropped image looks like a magic genie lamp?

    Also, looks like another abuse patent in case they decide to enter the glass-accesories market. The examples provided didn’t seem that exciting or worthy of protecting if you ask me, but it’s Microsoft, so this is just “another one” for their portfolios.

    #7 1 year ago

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