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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard 63

rjmarvin writes "Samsung looks to have found a way around voice commands for smart glasses by projecting an augmented reality keyboard onto users' hands. Galaxy Glass wearers' thumbs are used as input devices, tapping different areas of their fingers where various keys are virtually mapped. According to the August 2013 patent filing with the WIPO and South Korea's Intellectual Property Office, Samsung states that voice controls are too imprecise a technology, which are too heavily impacted by the noise levels of the surrounding environment."
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

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  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @06:58PM (#46423985) Homepage Journal

    I find typing on a flat surface doesn't work, as my fingers are curiously all of different lengths.

  • by DrYak ( 748999 ) on Thursday March 06, 2014 @09:02PM (#46424819) Homepage

    Two things mentioned by others:
    - The device is NOT projecting a virtual keyboard with a laser that you can tap with your fingers.
    Instead, it lets you use *YOUR* finger as a keyboard and you tap them with your thumbs.
    - "Projection" is a poor choice of a word. What the device do, is that it superposes a visual aid on the glasses' HUD to help with the tapping. But you're basically tapping your thumb against your fingers (the glass just puts some labels as augmented reality to help you).

    So you see that this patent has absolutely nothing to do with virtual keyboard.

    Instead, it's got a much more older prior art:
    This way of data input is *VERY* closely related to ancient for of finger-counting in base 12 (probably has been used historically in most culture which count in "dozens") where you count phallanges with your thumb.

    According to Wikipedia: apperently this method is still used around in Asia, so no surprise that a korean company is trying to turn it into a data input method.

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