Patent published on July 27, 2023

NTT's Smart Spectacles React to Your Eye and Jaw Movements

Smart spectacles have been talked about for decades, but never have been more than a concept. They’re one of those pieces of tech that many have expected to find in the future, but have yet to become reality.

This all may soon change with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT)’s new patent, US20230236441A1. This patent outlines a device capable of detecting when the wearer of the spectacles moves their eyelid, eyebrow, and jaw. If all three movements are detected at the same time, the frame of the device is programmed to send a command.

This command could be used to activate a variety of functions. For instance, NTT’s spectacles could be connected with a smartphone or laptop to enable the user to control the device without having to rely on a traditional mouse or keyboard. This could be especially helpful for people with limited mobility, allowing them to access digital content and services without needing to use their hands.

In addition, the spectacles could be used to control a variety of smart home devices. Imagine being able to turn on the lights by simply moving your eyes and jaw. Or, how about using the same motion to dim the lights or adjust the temperature? These are a few of the potential applications that could be enabled by NTT’s patent.

The patent also outlines how the frames of the spectacles could be used to detect the user’s biometrics. This could be used to analyse the user’s emotional state in order to personalize their experience. For instance, the device could detect when the user is feeling anxious and then adjust the display accordingly.

Of course, these are all just potential applications of the patent. It’s important to remember that a patent doesn’t guarantee a product will hit the market. Much of this technology is still in the development stage, and there’s no telling when or if it will be available to the public.

Still, the potential is exciting. NTT’s patent could revolutionize the way we interact with digital devices, allowing people with limited mobility to access content and services they couldn’t before. It’s also an exciting step forward in the area of biometrics, potentially enabling us to customize our experience based on our emotional state.

Overall, NTT’s patent could open up a whole new world of possibilities. While there’s no guarantee that it will ever be available to the public, it’s certainly an exciting development that could forever change the way we interact with technology.

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