Sony files patent for a ‘SmartWig’

Sony files patent for a SmartWig

We’ve heard of smartwatches, 4G wellies and even technologically enhanced dresses, but Sony is planning to take wearable technology to another level entirely.

The Japanese firm has filed a patent for the SmartWig, a wig which will be made from horse hair, human hair, or a number of other synthetic materials, which can be used to perform various functions similarly to a smartphone.

For example, Sony suggested that the wig could be used as a navigational tool for blind people by sending vibrations through the user’s head. It will also be able to monitor other matrices including blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate.

The wig might also be capable of controlling work presentations by raising the user’s eyebrows.

Speaking to the BBC, Sony said: "The usage of a wig has several advantages that, compared to known wearable computing devices, include a significantly increased user comfort and an improved handling of the wearable computing device."

 The spokesperson then went on to add that the SmartWig could be seen as a "technically intelligent item and fashion item at the same time".

Although Sony hasn’t decided how or whether it will commercialise the SmartWig, it’s clear that there will be plenty more to come from wearable technology in the near future.

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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