The wearable device segment might soon expand from smartwatches and smartglasses to products like smartwig as well, a new report suggests. Sony has filed a patent for “SmartWig” hairpieces with GPS for road navigations, camera, a laser pointer as well as feature some healthcare related functions like blood pressure tester among others, Bloomberg reports.
According to Sony’s patent filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, this wig could be made from “horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any kind of synthetic material” and will come with “at least one sensor, a processing unit and a communication interface.” These features are likely to be “partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use.” This means that the wig will allow users to be able to communicate wirelessly with other devices and it might include tactile feedback as well. The patent shows that the company has readied three prototypes of SmartWig hairpieces.
The report mentioned that Saori Takahashi, spokeswoman for Sony, has confirmed the application for getting patents based on its smartwig. Though Takahashi also said that the company has not yet “decided whether to commercialize the technology or not…The research process is continuing.”
With this new report, one thing is for sure that the wearable technology will not just be restricted to smartwatches and smart eyeglasses, as various companies are indeed trying to look for other products that can be made compatible with smartphones. A few days back, a report on ZTE’s wearable tech also mentioned that the company has been exploring ideas in the smart technology segment and might also work on smartshoes with smartphone compatibility.