Google Glass move over, Microsoft has applied for a patent on some augmented reality glasses. They have not only applied for a patent on the product, but its ability to match up players in the area as well. The patent describes the system as:
A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates the invitation with the potential player using the eye-tracking information, the depth information, the facial recognition information, the potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or the potential player voice data. The program matches a potential player account with the potential player. The program receives an acceptance response from the potential player, and joins the potential player account with a user account in participating in the multiplayer game.
One of the most interesting parts of the patent is that it focuses on eye-tracking, depth information, facial recognition and other sensor information that allows multiple players to be in the same virtual area, such as two players fencing. The patent describe that, “depth information comprises a measured depth of an interaction space in which the user and the potential player are located, and the potential player invitation program is further configured to use the depth information to select a suggested multiplayer game that is physically compatible with the measured depth of the interaction space; and suggest to the user the suggested multiplayer game.”
This technology seems like it could be the video game wing of augmented reality. While Google Glass handles phone calls, and taking notes. The new Microsoft technology might allow you and some friends to get to a park for some FPS action under the sun.