Sony's SmartWig in its guise as an aid to navigation (Image: USPTO Patent Application Publication US20130311132)
Marie-Antoinette; Queen of France; Painting by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty (Photo: Wikimedia
William Shatner in a modest toupee at Comic-Con 2012 (Photo: Keith McDuffee via Wikimedia
Sony may be looking to take the relatively new field of wearable electronics in a slightly unexpected direction if a patent filed by the company is any indication. The patent isn't for a competing version of Google Glasses, nor on a watch so smart that it could join Mensa, but on the SmartWig. Scratching your head yet? Before you pull the rug out from under this concept, some of the possible applications are more useful than one might expect from a hi-tech hairpiece.
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