Google Obtained Patent for Love-shaped Gesture
The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent for Google’s heart-shaped hand gesture on October 15, 2013, more than two years after the patent was filed in July 2011.
The love gesture sign is intended as a quick method to transmit messages through the use of tech-devices such as the company’s very own Google Glass. The gesture allows users to frame an image with hands, capture instantly the scene they prefer or consider significant, and share it through social media such as Instagram and Facebook. A partial text of the patent, which is titled as “hand gestures to signify what is important” reads:
“In accordance with example embodiments, hand gestures can be used to provide user input to a wearable computing device, and in particular to identify, signify, or otherwise indicate what may be considered or classified as important or worthy of attention or notice. A wearable computing device, which could include a head-mounted display (HMD) and a video camera, may recognize known hand gestures and carry out particular actions in response. Particular hand gestures could be used for selecting portions of a field of view of the HMD, and generating images from the selected portions. The HMD could then transmit the generated images to one or more applications in a network server communicatively connected with the HMD, including a server or server system hosting a social networking service.”
Many Google tasks in Glass devices currently require touchpads or users to perform using swipes. According to Engadget, such performances result in awkwardness. Therefore, the hand gesture would allow the user to enjoy a smoother, more fluid and immediate experience while using Glass.
The heart-shaped or love hand gesture can be seen as commonplace, most conspicuously in the pop and dance culture, particularly in EDM (Electronic Dance Music) concerts as gestures of love and peace. How the patent, if used, will attract comments over the symbol as used in such types of culture remains to be seen, for Google has yet to guarantee to execute the gesture’s usage. At the minimum, it seems that Google is simultaneously trying to control options for enhancements of technological devices such as Glass while opening room for much speculation and possibilities for experiments of their use.