Home » Uncategorized » Forget About Smartwatches, Sony Patents the SmartWig

Forget About Smartwatches, Sony Patents the SmartWig

Okay, this might be taking the whole “smart” phenomenon a little too far. We already have smartphones, smartwatches and smart cameras, but Sony has now filed a patent for a SmartWig. Yes, it is more intelligent than your average toupee? So, what you can expect from this hairpiece?

First, the “wig” part of the equation should be reasonably conventional as far as wigs go. It could be made from “horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair or any kind of synthetic material.” What adds the “smart” part to the SmartWig is the circuit board hidden behind all that hair. The board, much like a smartwatch or smart glasses, would then communicate with a primary device like your smartphone or tablet.

A smartwatch might light up or vibrate to inform you of a notification, but how will the Sony SmartWig do it? Apparently, it’ll also have actuators that will then “provide tactile feedback,” likely in the form of a vibration. They could even put actuators in different places, so a buzz on the right is an email, whereas a buzz on the left is a text message. The patent filing goes on to describe possible additional features like GPS, an ultrasound transducer and even a camera. You might even be able to send commands by raising your eyebrows or touching your faux sideburns.

Yes, it’s pretty weird, but it is “just a patent” at the moment. How much further Sony pursues the SmartWig remains to be seen.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.