Patent published on February 29, 2024

Snap's Voice-Controlled Glasses Patent Simplifies AR Control

Glasses Patent Paves the Way for Voice-Controlled Augmented Reality

AR glasses have long held the promise of transforming our interaction with technology, but there has always been a barrier: the need for physical buttons or touchscreens to control these devices. Often limited in number, these interfaces are not always practical, especially when users engage in activities such as cycling or jogging. Recognizing this challenge, tech company Snap has recently been granted a patent (US20240069856A1) for innovative voice-controlled user interfaces for AR wearable gadgets.

The core problem Snap aims to solve with this patent is the limited physical user interface on AR glasses. Traditional AR wearable gadgets typically offer only one or two buttons or a touchpad on the frame, constraining the user's ability to interact with various applications effectively. In addition, many existing applications lack voice user interfaces, causing further limitations. This patent tackles these issues head-on by introducing a voice-controlled user interface for AR glasses.

The patent presents a novel method by which users can control their AR glasses simply by speaking to them. Instead of physically manipulating buttons or touchpads, users can give voice commands or perform predetermined actions to navigate through the device's user interface. The glasses project images or words onto a screen, and upon saying specific words or performing particular actions, the glasses respond accordingly, enabling users to seamlessly interact with the device using just their voice.

The potential impact of this innovation is significant. Imagine a future where wearing AR glasses becomes as commonplace as wearing regular eyeglasses. A user could effortlessly control their device by simply speaking, whether it be to access a wide array of UI elements, such as sliders, buttons, or check boxes, or to interact with various applications in real-time. Need to adjust a setting while cycling? Just tell your glasses to do it for you. Want to capture a photo while out for a jog? A simple voice command will make that happen. This patent opens up a world of possibilities for effortless, hands-free control of AR devices.

To illustrate further, let's consider some real-life examples. Picture a surgeon in an operating room. With Snap's voice-controlled AR glasses, the surgeon can access critical patient data or medical imagery without contaminating their hands or needing assistance. This not only improves the efficiency of medical procedures but also minimizes the risk of infection. Alternatively, imagine an architect examining a building site. With the glasses' voice control, the architect can seamlessly switch between different views and access relevant information, making the design and inspection process more streamlined.

While it is exciting to envision this technology becoming readily available, we must note that this patent does not guarantee its immediate market appearance. Emerging technologies often face hurdles and undergo further development before reaching consumer hands. Nevertheless, this patent represents a significant step forward in the evolution of AR devices, pushing boundaries and simplifying user interactions.

In conclusion, Snap's recently granted patent for voice-controlled user interfaces for AR glasses tackles the limitations posed by physical interfaces. By introducing voice commands and predetermined actions, users can navigate and interact with AR glasses effortlessly. With the potential impact ranging from medical settings to architectural design, this patent presents a future where AR glasses become an intuitive, everyday tool. While its actual implementation remains uncertain, it sparks optimism about the future of augmented reality and the possibilities of voice-enabled technology.

P.S. While this patent showcases the potential of voice-controlled AR glasses, its appearance in the market is not guaranteed. Patent granti

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