Patent published on December 7, 2023

Snap's Patent Could Make Spectacles Smart Glasses Self-Repairing

In a whirling world of technological wearables, there's a key setback that demands resolution - the disruptions and system crashes of Augmented Reality (AR) devices like smart glasses. These instances of interrupted use can lead to significant annoyance, inconvenience, and can even impede operations. Multiple attempts to reboot or reset the device and other troubleshooting methods are often time-consuming. Additionally, users frequently lack the necessary interface options or guidance to identify and solve the problem on these wearable marvels.

A newly published patent seems to propose a straightforward, yet revolutionary answer to these complications. The patent, US20230393890A1, is crafted by Snap, the company behind the popular social media application Snapchat, and is titled "Auto-Recovery for AR Wearable Devices".

This patent outlines a fail-safe plan for the AR wearables. It outlines an automated system that continuously monitors the performance of the main program. Whenever it detects a crash, hang, or sub-par functioning of the AR device's applications, it kicks into action. Without any prompting or interference from the user, it patiently restarts the application or in dire cases, reboots the entire device. The device's rendering engine, which impacts what the user sees on their screens, remains stable, leaving the user's visual experience undisturbed.

Beyond the horizon of resolved crashes, the world could boast uninterrupted and smooth interactions with AR wearables. Imagine using your smart glasses to navigate through the city, and even if an app fails, there's no abrupt halt or blurred map to deal with. The smart glasses would independently kick-start the application, letting you continue with your scenic stroll.

The concept can be compared to the autopilot feature in modern vehicles, capable of taking preventive action to avoid mishaps. However, in this case, the mishaps are software crashes, and the preventive action is a well-intended, pre-programmed restart.

Yet, let's walk in the shoes of practicality for a moment. This patent is an ideal solution on paper, but its real-world application could face numerous unforeseen obstacles. As fascinating as the technology may seem, the reality is that it might never make its way to the market. Any potential user or potential investor should bear in mind that a patent assures no final product.

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