updated 11:55 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2008
Patents for AV systems
The US Patent and Trademark Office unveiled two non-Apple iPod-related patents today from two separate parties, demonstrating several styles of audio-visual headwear for the device. The first patent, submitted by Aaron M. Philips of Granite Bay, California, shows a headband with integrated speakers that features a dedicated place for the iPod shuffle. The configuration is also illustrated in a cap-style design. Philips specifically refers to the iPod shuffle in his diagrams and paperwork.
Marcio Mar Abreu of North Haven, Connecticut offers his idea of Oakley's-style sunglasses with an integrated screen, with earphones as well, but illustrates the concept in dozens of hypothetical, and some ridiculous, scenarios.
Abreu illustrates his concept as a football helmet, wide-brimmed hat, and so on, as well as a portable unit that seems to incorporate a keyboard at chest heart.