Samsung Patent Turns People’s Palms Into Virtual Keyboards

Samsung Patent Turns People’s Palms Into Virtual Keyboards

The company is working on a new input method for a smart wearable device.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 7 march 2014

Earlier this year, the tech world was abuzz with reports of Samsung developing its own set of smart glasses to rival Google Glass, and now a new patent is adding more weight to these reports.

Samsung has reportedly filed a patent that would place a camera-based augmented reality keyboard onto one’s palms. The keyboard will only be visible to the user wearing a smart glasses type of device.

According to the patent, titled Input Method and Apparatus of Portable Device, the feature will help eliminate the issues that speech recognition-based controls can run into like low recognition accuracy especially in noisy environments and the need for privacy.

The new input method will enable the users to see an AR keyboard mapped out on their fingers and palms. The users will be able to type out letters using their thumbs.


The patent was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization and South Korea’s Korean Intellectual Property Office last August.

Reports say Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Glass in September at the IFA trade show in Berlin, but there has been no official confirmation about the project and its release dates.

Input Method and Apparatus of Portable Device

Source: TechRadar, Digital Trends

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