Vibrating Wigs And Other Ridiculous Stuff
A SPOOF THAT WASN’T A SPOOF
That’s it. I’m out of here!
In September I wrote a piece about a piece – a hair piece, to be exact.
I thought it was funny.
I said I had it on good authority that Apple is developing a smart wig. I made it up as I went along. Lets get crazy, I thought. Really crazy. We’ll say the wig has built in audio via bone conduction using, supposedly, “Aviva’s Micro Cranial Transduction System”. I threw in some other absurdist “features” too including a virtual keyboard you could use by tapping your scalp.
Silly. But Mister ScienceAintSoBad’s allowed to have fun once-in-a-while, right?
I made sure to include something to let readers know the article wasn’t genuine. I don’t like it if a reader gets completely taken in and feels foolish. We’re sharing a joke here. Not playing mean tricks on people who are nice enough to read the blog.
So here’s the thing.
I happened to see a headline yesterday. “Sony smart wig patent is a real head-scratcher”.
Hmm, I thought. THAT sound’s familiar. Is this somehow related to my article?
According to Endgadget (Jamie Rigg), Sony has patented a “smart wig”. The patent, and I did look it up because – you know what? I would look like a real doofus if I fell for an “echo prank”- calls it a “wearable computing device” and says it’s got a computer, sensors, some way to communicate, and hair.
It has hair.
The patent was filed in May. Important because I could have tangled Sony’s wig by having introduced the idea into the “public domain” before the filing date.
Why did Sony file a patent on something that is seemingly crazy?
Of course I don’t know. Some companies have aggressive strategies where “intellectual property” (patents and such) are concerned. The low hangers are gone so they’re laying claim to whatever they can think of. If the idea doesn’t make commercial sense, maybe it can be part of a big block of patents that gets sold off or traded.
Or maybe the little puff of publicity about a stupid “smartwig” was worth the minimal effort to file. After all, Sony managed to get MISTER ScienceAin’tSoBad to write a whole blog post about what it’s up to these days.
The actual value of Sony’s new “wearable computing device”?
ScienceAintSoBadRating = 1.
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The drawing? That’s mine.