Microsoft Patented Nearly Impossible Transparent Camera
Microsoft has been granted a patent for somethings that seems impossible – a transparent camera. Though it looks certainly impossible, the patent is in fact for the housing of transparent camera only, i.e. the sensors and cover for the lens which prevents stray light from hitting the sensors and interfering with recording of image, but which the tech giant Microsoft notes forms the the size of the assembly.
The trick is that the Microsoft camera sensors will be interested in recording ultra-violet light and infra-red only, just like Kinect range-finding cameras and Windows Hello face recognition.
The patent will use a camera housing which will be opaque to infra-red and ultra-violet, but transparent to visible lights. This would make camera less prominent visually when used in near-eye displays, such as HoloLens headsets.
As you can see in the above diagram by MSpoweruser, the camera can be pointed outwards for environmental sensing and range finding, or pointed towards the eye for eye tracking.
From vigorous HoloLens technology to this new near-to-impossible transparent camera, the new patent shows how much Microsoft is committed towards innovation. This is just another one of the recent HoloLens patents that suggests that the headsets are an intense subject of research and development for Microsoft. The tech giant will undoubtedly get the sweet fruit for hard work in their further versions of headsets due towards the end of 2017.