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Sony Patents a “SmartWig”

Wearable tech has become all the rage over the past year, with tech companies and even phone manufacturers scrambling to make watches that double as a cell phone and glasses that act as a tiny wearable computer. And now, another tech company wants to get in on the game. Sony – the consumer tech giant best known for home electronics – has just filed a patent for something called a “SmartWig”.

If you’re confused by that, you’re not the only one, as speculation has been flying around news sites for the last week trying to figure out what exactly a “smartwig” would do.

According to the patents filed by Sony, the “smartwig” would have or interact with tactile feedback, GPS, ultrasound transducer, camera, laser pointer, and remote controlled devices. Sony hopes that it will simultaneously become a “technically intelligent and fashion item”.

While the company has only made the patent public, they haven’t yet explained who this wig would be marketed to and what benefits it would provide. Though, it’s thought that there could be substantial benefits to people who have disabilities, such as blindness or deafness, navigate with additional sensory help.

We’re not sure exactly how this tech-savvy wig would work, but we’re excited to find out more about how Sony plans to create wearable technology in a wig.

What do you think? Would you wear a “SmartWig”?




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