Along with a huge amount of patents by various companies, Google’s special patent displays the features the users can utilise, such as capturing a picture/selfie without the help of a smartphone. Its new patent proves that a smart ring will be able to take selfies just as one wears it. Google had applied for this patent at USPTO (The United States Patent and Trademark Office) way back in May 2019 and had it published only on the 10th of November, 2020, as reported by Protocol. The extract of the patent confirms that the device is a wearable, featuring a selfie camera quality.
How The Smart Ring Works
As reported by the patent description, the smart ring is big enough to fit a finger. It has the main functions inside it, such as the processor, an input, an optical sensor, a transmitter, a power source and an indicator. They are used to process data, control it with a joystick, to autofocus and capture images, to transmit the image to an external device wirelessly, to power up and to showcase the feedback device, respectively. The device posses two surfaces other than the ring itself, with one having the camera and the other having the input device. Both the surfaces are needed to tilt sideways in order for it to function, and the camera is able to protrude out of the platform and quite beyond the ring. It is worn according to the finger, depending if it is the left index or ring finger, with no preference to the hand being that of the right or left. Google also informs that the body may have a spiral shape, and the device will expand depending on the size of the finger, whatever it may be.
Structural Functions and Melancholic Mechanisms; Google Hints At Secondary Wearable Device
For the input device, the user can partake in various actions with several levels of pressure to it. With the presence of a touch sensor, it can sense the tap levels and the right input finger to avoid pressing mistakes. Other possible mechanisms may be a response from a human stimulus, laptop/mobile, eye-predicting via Smart Glass and many more. Thus, the sensor captures the image and sends it to the processor on action. Concerning the position, Google says that the camera is pointed upwards, and tilted sideways, to capture an image. The processing units has a CPU, RF circuitry (DSP/RF transceiver/SIM) I/O, power. The ring may flaunt a gyroscope and accelerometers for sensing shock/vibrations. Most importantly, Google specifies the need of a second wearable device, for the sole purpose of transmitting and displaying the images captured. Accurately, this second device could have a display for watching the contents, processes and a transmitter for communications with the smart ring. For now, Google has kept the structure of the second wearable divide as a secret, though it could be in the form of a helmet, headband, Smart Glass, etc.The smart ring may use WiFi, WiMax, wired, Bluetooth or NFC one-way/bi-directionally, to transfer the data to the second device.