Microsoft is filing a patent for a transparent display that could bring augmented reality to tablets, phones and laptops, making scenes from the movie "minority report" a reality.
"Minority report," released in 2002, envisioned a world in 2054, when 3D computing was ready.But just 10 years after the film's release, Microsoft's patents show that the company not only invented the basis of the technology, but also went a step further to make it portable.
The Patent Bolt website recently published a Patent application for a transparent display device that describes a portable version of a transparent 3D display that Microsoft previously announced.The patent, which focuses on how to navigate between files and apps using 3D gestures and head tracking, could be used for augmented reality on small laptops, phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
A variety of system configurations with transparent display devices are also described in the patent application.One is similar to a ultrabook, a lightweight system with a keyboard and transparent display that can be replaced with a touchpad, virtual keyboard or a second screen.In a dual-display configuration, the system can be used to view 3D content when the transparent display device is folded onto a second display.
Similar to other augmented reality concepts, on Microsoft's system, text and images can be displayed on transparent displays.Potential applications include virtual fitting rooms and the use of location and recognition software to display all the information around the user.
Microsoft has been reported to be actively developing lightweight systems, while Intel showed off laptops with transparent touch screens at this year's consumer electronics show.