Microsoft Patents Gaming Helmet & Eyewear

I must admit — I’ve always dreamed of some form of gaming goggles or helmet that would project a 3D image in front of your eyes to completely immerse you in a virtual world. But I didn’t expect this technology to come to light for at least a decade.

Well, according to Patent Bolt, Microsoft has been secretly working on this very concept since September 2010.

A new Microsoft patent reveals that the software titan has been working on two styles of headgear: an aviation-styled helmet aimed at Xbox gamers and a pair of sunglasses for use with smartphones, MP3 players and other future devices.

The headgear is equipped with a pair of projectors that display images in front of the wearer’s eyes and is capable of producing stereoscopic 3D images from a computer, media player, or other electronic device with privacy and mobility. Each projector can project a 16:9 aspect ratio image that will appear to the wearer as if it were 21 inches in diagonal and viewed at arm’s length.

Further, the projectors may be configured to be at least partly transparent, enabling the wearer to still see the world around him if he so chooses.

I don’t care how ridiculous I would look wearing this. Make it happen. Between this and the “AAAA” game it has in development, Microsoft is really shooting for the moon.

via CVG

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