Google patents unnatural movement Project Glass theft detection system

first_imgGoogle is probably working on all sorts of new technologies to make its upcoming wearable computing system, Google Glass, work in real life. A recently granted patent, filed back in late summer 2011, gives us a glimpse at one possible feature of the device. The patent covers a system for “unnatural movement” theft detection.It turns out that there are only a few ways you’re likely to remove glasses. The augmented reality Google Glass would presumably be rocking multiple sensors to track its position in space. If those expensive $1,500 glasses are pulled off your face in an unusual way (like someone yanking them off), the system will lock itself down until you re-authorize it. Even better, the patent covers behavior like automatically contacting police when the anti-theft system is enabled.In addition to the monetary value of the device itself, the data Google is piping into the Glass interface could be very personal. You won’t want just anyone slapping them on. The patent also refers to the detection of an unauthorized user wearing the glasses, but the mechanism for this was not as clear. It sounds like Glass would learn the way you move, and get suspicious if that pattern changes.It might sound a little bizarre and unnecessary, but think about how easy a pair of these glasses would be the steal. There they are, just sitting on your face out in the open. You probably won’t even have a hand on them to keep everything in place. If you find yourself concerned about thievery, it’s easy to drop a phone in your pocket; a head-mounted display, not so much.Google Glass is expected to ship to pre-order developers early in 2013. The general public will probably be waiting a good while longer.More at USPTO via Engadgetlast_img