Among the many wacky patent ideas out there, Sony’s “SmartWig” is the one that takes home the trophy. The “SmartWig” is a sensor-rigged hairpiece that can help the wearer navigate roads and track biometrics like body temperature and blood pressure. Just like any typical wig, this headpiece could be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair, or any kind of synthetic material. What makes this wearable device different from others we’ve seen is that it focuses on a more sensitive area of the body.
According to the patent application:
The arrangement within a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of the user’s head enables the user to immediately react even if the computing device provides only small or weak feedbacks.The fact that users instinctively protect their heads more than other body parts is also advantageous, since more sensitive sensors and other computing components may be used without the risk of getting damaged.
Furthermore, the wig hides wearable pieces and lets people track data without drawing too much unwanted attention to themselves. The “SmartWig” is an intelligent item that proves to be an advancement in wearable technology.
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