Sony files patent for ‘SmartWig’

“Sony has filed a patent application for “SmartWig”, as firms jostle for the lead in the wearable technology sector,” BBC News reports. “It says the SmartWig can be worn ‘in addition to natural hair’ and will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices.”

“According to the filing, the SmartWig can help navigate roads and collect information such as blood pressure,” The Beeb reports. “‘Wearable gadgets are definitely going to be one of the big areas of growth over the next two years,’ Andrew Milroy, an analyst with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, told the BBC. ‘And Sony – which is trying to regain some of the sheen it has lost in recent years – clearly understands that and wants to play a major role in the sector.'”

“The Japanese firm said the wig could be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any kind of synthetic material. At the same time, the communication interface and sensors placed in the wig are at least partly covered by parts of the wig in order to be hidden from sight during use,” The Beeb reports. “Sony listed various potential uses of the SmartWig in its filing, including helping blind people navigate roads. It said that a small video camera or a sensor on the wig could help to provide the position and the location of the wearer.”

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41 Comments

      1. Actually, this could have some niche market appeal. Not everything has to be mass-market and the comments about it being useful for blind people are interesting, to say the least.

  1. ‘And Sony – which is trying to regain some of the sheen it has lost in recent years – clearly understands that and wants to play a major role in the sector.’”

    Almost worthy of the Beeb’s Rory Cellan-Jones that one. Whatever it shows the last thing is that they understand the market.

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