Google patents a glove for ‘seeing with your hand’

In the diagram above, from Google's "seeing with your hand" patent filing, a sensor (104) communicates with a processor (106) that transmits to a display (108).

Those crazy Google guys are at it again.

Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is among the inventors listed on a patent issued to the search giant this week for “Seeing With Your Hand.” The concept, in short, is a glove with sensors for viewing a room or controlling a computer with gestures.

Why would anyone want such a thing? Well, the patent actually filing cites a relatively practical example.

“[W]hen a small object is lost, for example, underneath a couch, humans naturally put their hands under the couch to locate the lost object by touch,” the filing says. “While gathering information by touch is in some cases an acceptable substitute for seeing, in many situations it may be desirable to ‘see’ the inaccessible environment to better gather information.”

Ah, so now we know the inspiration. One too many sets of keys lost beneath the furniture, Sergey?

At any rate, it might be easy to dismiss this as an inconsequential 20 percent time project, but it’s interesting to note that patent was evaluated  on an accelerated schedule at Google’s request. Submitted in March of this year, the application was approved as a patent on Aug. 30.

  • Guest

    Yeah, because we’ve never seen anything like this before. This is the same company that decries how many weak patents have been granted, right?

  • Guest

    Huh. I could swear I’ve seen something like this recently. Somewhere.

    http://grathio.com/2011/08/meet-the-tacit-project-its-sonar-for-the-blind/

  • GeeDubya

    Well, if they didn’t patent it then some firm that has a lot of seemingly mindless patents and enjoys a business model of litigation would and then Google would be sued for their own idea cos they DIDN’T have the patent.

    So yes. They patent it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VXQ34GF5D2K74WT4RRP723HXRM Rob B

    Gloves make my hands sweaty… this reminds me of the Nintendo Power Glove..

  • Howaboutno

    Apple will sue based on the fact that you use your hand to use this device, and you use your hand to use iDevices, so they have the copyright on using your hand.

  • Benicio Galvez

    I don’t know, but I can suspect it’s not for “seeing a room”. It looks like a character input mechanism so you can type letters by drawing them on any surface. It would be easier than typing with a keyboard. Just draw the letters on a table, or on your leg, or on your arm. You can send messages comfortably and inconspicuosly.

  • AWDJQW

    basically rip an optical mouse and put it on your finger and you got something similar. i’m sure explosive ordnance people have similar but way better technologies for seeing in places where say…. your hand doesn’t quite fit or you don’t want your hand anywhere near it?

  • AWDJQW

    basically rip an optical mouse and put it on your finger and you got something similar. i’m sure explosive ordnance people have similar but way better technologies for seeing in places where say…. your hand doesn’t quite fit or you don’t want your hand anywhere near it?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I kind of wish I were one of the listed inventors on this patent. Although it may seem a bit goofy as presented, I think this technology has the potential for many significant and groundbreaking uses.
    http://www.generalpatent.com/blog/

  • nick

    now do you people understand ?