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微软为“守护神”机器人蝴蝶申请专利

来源: 新华国际    2014-07-08 15:34:28   点击:

导读: 能够与佩戴式设备交谈并且可以根据主人情绪做出反应的机器人蝴蝶。就好像你自己的“守护神”。这样的产品如若推出能有多少人不喜爱呢?

微软公司一直走在高科技的前沿,它的一举一动无不牵动着市场的神经,近年来,微软很重视设备市场的动向,努力跟上设备市场的节奏。正因如此,该公司正在探索一些非常疯狂的发明,比如能够与佩戴式设备交谈并且可以根据主人情绪做出反应的机器人蝴蝶。就好像你自己的“守护神”。这样的产品如若推出能有多少人不喜爱呢?想必微软就是基于这种心理开发了产品,自己的守护神,听起来多么美好。

微软为“守护神”机器人蝴蝶申请专利

守护神的定义源于菲利普·普尔曼的《黑暗物质三部曲》,“守护神”是人类灵魂的物理表现。就像一只现实生活中的精神动物。近日,美国专利和商标局公布了一份微软在几年前提出的申请,透露出制造精神机器人的计划。这个计划让人觉得不可思议。专利解释说,该设备能够绕着用户飞行,通过一个便携设备或应用程序感知用户的精神状态,并作出相应反应。它应该是一台健康相关,情绪驱动的设备。不过这有点虚幻色彩,谁知道美国专利和商标局会不会批准呢。不过,有意思的是,我们看到了微软是如何通过“荒诞”的方式接近佩戴式设备市场的。他们似乎正在成为“不可思议”技术领域的专家。

Microsoft Wants to Patent a Real-Life Dæmon

Microsoft has struggled to keep up in the device marketplace in recent years. So much so that the company is exploring some pretty insane inventions, including a robotic butterfly that talks to wearable devices and responds to its owner's mood. It's sort of like your own mechanical dæmon.

In case you're not up on your fantasy reading, a dæmon is the physical manifestation of a human soul from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. It's like a spirit animal in real life. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released a patent application that Microsoft filed a couple years ago revealing the plans for its own sort of spirit robot: a butterfly. (Kind of like the old MSN logo.) The patent explains that the device could fly around the user, sense its emotional state either through a wearable device or an app, and respond accordingly. It's supposed to be a health-related, mood-actuated device.

Obviously, this is a pretty pie-in-the-sky patent application, and who knows if the USPTO will actually approve it. It's nevertheless interesting to see how Microsoft's approaching the wearable market from a, uh, fantastical angle. They seem to be becoming experts in the technology of the uncanny. [USPTO, Patently Mobile]

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