Google Glass patent heart-shaped hand gesture

Gareth Bale will be fuming after it was leaked that Google has patented the heart shaped hand gesture for users to ‘like’ real life objects with Google Glass.

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The idea is that you put your hands in front of the thing you ‘heart’, make the gesture and Glass will recognise the command and post it to a social network. If they end up using it, presumably you can do it to your mother, the cat, your car, a dog turd, and the large man with tattoos who is advancing towards you with a threatening look on his face.

The recently discovered patent, which was filed in 2011, doesn’t mention Glass specifically, and instead refers to ‘a wearable head mounted display.’ There are also illustrations of a ‘framing’ hand gesture - the two L-shapes beloved of pretentious directors everywhere. Glass will then take a photo of whatever is between your finger frame.

You can see the full patent here. It may never be used, but don’t be surprised when you see idiot hipsters leaning over their pulled pork sandwiches with heart shaped fingers.

(Actually, I know a hand gesture I’d like to patent.)


  • jim
    what hand gesture would u like to patent Lucy? a nice wave? the live long an prosper thing that spock does? or the five knuckle shuffle?
  • Richard H.
    Re Jim: brilliant! Could also be the "flick your bean" gesture?
  • Joulupukki
    If I ever, ever see anybody doing that in the street whilst wearing Google Glass, I shall push them under a very large, fully-laden lorry.
  • WoNkEy H.
    Just seeing them wearing Google Glass deserves that response anyway.

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