AT&T Intellectual Property I has introduced a remarkable invention that could change the future of virtual reality gaming and live theatre performances alike. The patent entitled, "Contextual Diminished Reality for Metaverse Immersions," under Patent number US20230252686A1, describes a unique eyewear system that can potentially transform audience experiences and game-player safety.
This innovative device, akin to a special pair of glasses, has been designed to foresee possible in-game collisions. What it does is rather clever - it either makes the potential collision-causing elements in the gaming environment visible to the player or hides them completely, enabling the player to dodge any accidents efficiently.
Now imagine being at a live theatre show where physical props move around on stage. In traditional settings, these props are moved by stagehands, who despite their dark clothing, can still be sometimes visible to the audience, subtly disrupting the immersive experience. AT&T's new invention offers to resolve this issue as well. With these high-tech glasses, these much-needed stagehands become virtually invisible while they move the physical objects, ensuring an uninterrupted and enhanced theatre experience for the audience.
But the advantages don't stop here. This smart pair of glasses gives creative contributors like actors, directors, and content creators an unprecedented visual dimension to explore. It answers the age-old problems of visual distraction in scenes, providing a neat solution to behind-the-scenes operations, such as lighting design for concerts, that are typically rough around the edges with conventional technology. With these glasses, objects, people, or even a whole orchestra can be rendered invisible in a simulation of the actual venue.
The patent also presents potential security benefits. Imagine a crowded event with security personnel and equipment. In an Augmented Reality (AR) environment, security officers are physically present but can be diminished or made invisible to participants, ensuring improved security without impacting the atmosphere of the event. Another notable feature is that certain necessary equipment at entertainment venues, such as crane equipment for lifting props, can be made virtually invisible to the audience.
As mentioned in the patent, the innovative glasses function in alignment with a cloud networking architecture that supports rapid innovation and scalability. The glasses can tap into the cloud to support a diverse range of customer requirements, varying from traffic growth to reliability expectations.
Though we've illustrated a number of useful and interesting applications, it's always important to remember that these are just details from a patent, which by nature, are exploratory and speculative. Patents give us a glimpse into possibilities, they don't provide any assurance that these products will make it to market. So, while we can look forward to the day when we don our AT&T DirecTV Augmented Reality Glasses, let's remember, we can't always predict tomorrow's innovations today.