Microsoft Patents Projector Headsets

by Jeff Marchiafava on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:07 AM

Forget big screen HD televisions. If a recently discovered patent from Microsoft is anything to go by, the future of video game displays might be a device you strap on your head.

Patent Bolt has dug up plans for two types of projector eyewear filed by Microsoft back in 2010. One pair looks like sunglasses, and would potentially be used for smartphones and other handheld devices, while a heftier helmet version would be designed for Microsoft's home gaming consoles. Here's a diagram of the devices, courtesy of Patent Bolt.

The headsets will be able to create 16:9 ratio images that will appear to the wearer as a 21-inch display being viewed at arm's length. The eyewear could also potentially be used to create stereoscopic 3D images, and the lenses can still be transparent, allowing for augmented reality applications. You can read a full rundown of the patent and the possibilities is poses for gaming at Patent Bolt.

So, who's up for wearing a goofy helmet for the future of video games?