Sony applies for ‘SmartWig’ patent, a hairpiece with lasers made of Yak

November 27, 2013
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Wearables are hot lately. Google has Glass, there are a slew of smart watches coming out weekly, and even Microsoft has something for us. None of those offer a solution for a niche within the wearables market, though. There is one segment that is widely ignored, but Sony is determined to give them what they deserve: a smart wig.


Sony recently filed for a patent that has to do with hairpieces and wigs. Ingeniously dubbed the “SmartWig”, Sony wants to help you with GPS navigation, check your blood pressure, or access presentations via a wig. It also wants to let your wig speak to other wigs, and could include tactile feedback.

“At least one sensor, the processing unit and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use.” Sony noted in the patent filing, suggesting that the wig would be a standalone (make your jokes… now) device. So, rather than scratch your head, then look at your phone for answers to your questions, Sony wants to eliminate that last step.

The problem? Most people don’t wear wigs. They also don’t want to wear wigs. I don’t want to wear a wig, no matter how brilliant it is. The upside is, you get to make puny jokes like “off the top of my head…” before giving brilliant answers fed to you by your wig. Maybe we could even bring back high-top fades or flock of seagulls, too!

Also, Sony notes there could be laser pointers in the headpiece, which does make me want one more than a little bit. Sony also says the wig could be made with “horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any kind of synthetic material.” You know what? Sign me up for a mullet-styled Yak wig with lasers, feathers and GPS, please.

VIA: Bloomberg


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