Smart glasses for dieting? Thanks Microsoft, but no
If you were online in 2013 you’ll be familiar with the term glassholes.
It was an insult reserved for wearers of Google’s smart glasses, deemed so deeply unfashionable and creepy they were banned from bars.
After a short trial, Google discontinued the product.
With this in mind, you’d be forgiven for thinking Microsoft foolish for designing its own pair of smart glasses. But the worst thing is the freshly-patented device‘s weird unique sell:
They’ve been designed for dieters. Ugh.
You can wear slinky red dresses and eat all the Special K you want, but dieting isn’t fun or sexy.
It’s good for you if you’re overweight, but no one’s going to pretend it’s a walk in the park.
What then, made Microsoft think the answer to the world’s epic obesity problem was to make the process even harder?
Surely no dieter actually wants to wear this desperate-looking pair of ‘dude’ inspired specs?
How they work
The idea is that we don Microsoft’s diet specs in everyday life; their smart recognition can then identify what food you’re looking at, give you information about it, or even prompt you to rethink your lunch.
It monitors sight, sound, location, temperature, motion, and your GPS and its eyeball tracking tech would pinpoint exactly what delicacies you’re fixated on.
“Are you sure you want to do that?” a pixelated burger says in one explanatory diagram.
Yes, damn you burger. And if I don’t want you judging me, I can simply take you off.
Microsoft, we know that “providing nutritional information is advantageous for people trying to watch their weight”, but nagging ‘food tracking’ glasses are not going to stop anyone from tucking into the burger they’ve just bought.
Please, don’t go there
It may have only just been accepted this month, but Microsoft’s original patent was filed back in 2015.
Hopefully they don’t take the recent approval as a sign to push forward.
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