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Lenovo patent reveals wearable with sound recording capabilities

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Wed June 25, 2014

Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used

In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.

Looking more like a pair of paper 3D glasses than Google Glass, the device features two screens and uses at least one bone-conducting unit to capture sound vibrations. This conducting unit is placed at the bridge of the nose, while the processing parts are placed in outside of the displays in the corners of the frame.

The filing places a lot of emphasis on the idea that the device is to be used as a recording device, rather than indicate it is a sort of wearable computer. By using the bone-conducting units, sounds are captured more easily, without the need for people to speak above things going on around them. By allowing the use of a lower volume register to capture sound, people using the proposed specs may be less susceptible to privacy invasions as well. The technology differs from the way Google Glass incorporates the idea, since it captures rather than uses it to create sound.

Even though the augmented reality screens aren't named in the application, it is eluded to using technology from Lumus or at least technology similar. Lumus technology is used in military applications, such as heads-up displays for jet pilots.

Lenovo isn't the first company to jump into wearables, as it is quickly becoming the landscape for the next big tech battle. Watches from Apple and Google sit on the horizon, while smartbands have seen competitors like Fitbit and Sony issued some of the first shots. Even though the technology and design provided in the patent focuses on sound and recording, it could be the first step into something larger for Lenovo if granted.

by MacNN Staff



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