by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
Sony has filed a claim with the U.S. Patent Office for a “SmartWig,” a toupee or wig that contains sensitive electronics and can sync up with a smartphone or other electronic device.
The patent claim is broad and theoretical, seeking to ensure the company’s intellectual property rights to as many features as possible. Among the possible components that a SmartWig could feature are a GPS sensor, a camera, a position sensor (to detect where the wig is relative to the head) and tactile feedback actuators that could produce vibrations or small electric shocks across the scalp as a way of delivering information. The patent application explains that the wig might also include devices such as laser pointers or even ultrasound transducers – allowing sight-impaired users to navigate via echolocation.
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