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Olympus patent describes Google-Glass-like device

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The market for consumer compact cameras has has been all but eradicated by the rise of the smartphone and its ever improving built-in cameras. Google Glass and other wearable devices could, once produced and sold in larger quantities, be the next innovation to have a significant impact on the consumer imaging market. Unsurprisingly neither electronics nor camera manufacturers would want to miss out on the huge potential of this new category of devices. There have been rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Glass device coming for a while and we've seen similar concepts from lesser known manufacturers, too.

Now it seems Olympus is one of the first traditional camera manufacturers to jump on the band wagon. The guys from 4/3 Rumors have found a newly published Oly patent (JP2013/075623) that describes a device that looks very similar to the original Google Glass and comes with either one or two transparent screens in front of the wearer's eye. 

The fact that the Japanese manufacturer might be planning such a device is interesting because of the fact that earlier Olympus patents describe how the live view image from a camera could be projected to the screen of a head-mounted wearable device, which opens up interesting possibilities related to remote capture.

Source: FPO | Via: 4/3 Rumors


Comments

Total comments: 15
Stealthy Ninja

Does anyone even use google glass?

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lambert4

Seems this may as applicable to their medical divisions also, which support their camera stuff?

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Turbguy1

I have been waiting for a wearable viewfinder for a decade! Why not bluetooth it to a "real" cam??

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rurikw

Exactly! There should be a choice of evf, screen or glasses, and a choice of different specs and price categories in each and we would be talking business.

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E Dinkla

Even asked for it to happen in forums.

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xt1isdabomb

Wearables will replace smart phones according to this guy: http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/05/16/google-glass-journalism

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peevee1

They had something like that about 3 years ago already, what happened to that?

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RichRMA

In 1994, Olympus released an iPod device called the mRobe. They had an ad on the Superbowl . The product was a good one, better than most at the time, but it wasn't a success. I hope they do better with this divergence from their normal path.

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ageha

Not just one, it was a whole series of devices.

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RichRMA

Yes, the M100 and the M500 I remember.

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ageha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_m:robe

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xarafan

At that time, the 90's, the Google Glass precursors were called HMD's (head mounted displays). http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20050606/105475/?ST=english

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jkrumm

It's glass war.

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dpmaxwell

Oh god...

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RichRMA

It's a lot of people getting punched in bars, if it sells. :)

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Total comments: 15
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