Back in May, Microsoft filed a patent that is looking to turn wearable technology on its head. This new smart backpack hopes to expand what is possible when it comes it AI-supported technology. As one would imagine, the goal of such a piece of technology is the seamless integration of artificial intelligence and humans.
Of course, wearable technology is not a new concept. Normally, this market tends to have some of the most interesting gadgets and ideas compared to others. But Microsoft’s smart backpack, if it makes it to market will be facing tough competition from Targus and Intel which have already introduced their versions of smart backpacks.
So what is different then? Well according to the patent, the backpack is equipped with a camera, microphone, speaker, network interface, processor, and storage. It also functions as a hands-free digital assistant that’s not only context-aware but also capable of understanding and responding to user commands based on their surroundings.
If you’ve gone hiking through an unfamiliar trail, it could prove a useful tool. The smart backpack operates through a meticulously designed six-step process, starting with user input and culminating in a comprehensive AI-driven response.
But there is more than just hiking and outdoor activities. That’s because as presented, the smart backpack has a great deal of integration and use potential. From its ability to accurately identify objects and provide contextual information about one’s surroundings.
It could also see potential by connecting with other devices and cloud-based services. One could think of the numerous amount of apps that would look to leverage the smart backpack specific to hundreds of niches and their uses of the technology.
With all that said, this backpack’s performance will likely be measured by its convenience, efficiency, and its potential to enhance everyday tasks. Metrics may also encompass user satisfaction and adoption rates, as well as the device’s impact on productivity and convenience across various settings.
Even though the patent was filed back in May, there are yet to be any live examples of the backpack. But as Microsoft continues to invest heavily into AI, we could likely see it sooner than later.