Sara Peters: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea

Sony is seeking a patent for wigs that contain computing devices.
12/5/2013 | 46 comments
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Zaius   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 6:13:04 AM
Patents
There are tons of patent out there that are 'just there'.
I am not sure where this one will find a good footing. However, different time, different culture, different country might find it interesting. But, universally it is not that kind of a 'killer' feature.
Susan Fourtané   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 2:14:35 PM
Re: Patents
Sara, 

Lovely video. :) 

An auto-destruct button? O.O I like the wig idea with teleporting powers. :D 

I am not sure what to think about this Sony's idea. :/ Maybe the GPS, and other electronics can be detachable? I am almost sure no one in his right mind at Sony has thought about something that you can't detach from your wig in case you want to wear your wig on a night out, instead of making your usual PPPs in your company. 

Of course then is the washing a wig with electronics problem, as you noted. Unless, again, you could detach the electronics before giving your wig a bubble bath. Hmm 

Well, I see your fab wig collection has grown. Now you even have one that makes you super cute, and one for special martial arts, and all. :D 

-SusanF
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glenbren   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 2:59:36 PM
Re: Patents
Of all places to put electronics, the last place I would have thought would be a wig. What the heck, Sony? I'm worried about you now.
Ariella   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 3:03:40 PM
Re: Patents
@Sara do you really own all those wigs, or does EE provide you with props?
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 3:49:36 PM
Re: Patents
@Ariella  Ha! No, I'm afraid E2 doesn't have a prop budget. Those are all mine.
Nemos   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/29/2013 7:26:13 PM
Re: Patents
Hahahaha @Ariela 

(After two days and I am still laughing with your inquiry)
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 3:52:18 PM
Re: Patents
@glenbren  I know, right? I know that wearable computing is all the rage, and I suppose that they could manufacture these things so that the electronics can be removed. But it still seems like a strange place to put them, because it wouldn't make the tools very accessible. A smart watch makes some sense, because your wrist is easy to access, but who wants to go digging under their wig or tugging it on it here and there?
glenbren   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 4:09:14 PM
Re: Patents
A smart watch makes some sense, because your wrist is easy to access, but who wants to go digging under their wig or tugging it on it here and there?

Also, I think a lot more people would be inclined to buy a smart watch. Not everyone looks as lovely as you in a wig!


I'm still shaking my head on this one...
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/9/2013 9:08:07 AM
Re: Patents
@glenbren  Aww, thanks glenbren. I imagine that there might be a market for custom-made smart wigs that can both perform the computing tasks you'd like and suit your looks and style.
Pedro Gonzales   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/12/2013 8:08:24 PM
Re: Patents
you are definately the right person to talk about this technology, may be getting a patent on a smart wig, may sound cool but it is really not that practical.  A true smart wig will be one that can change colors automatically, clean itself, and even change different hairstyles for the ladies.  I don't think any people at the research department at Samsung wears wigs.
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 3:57:12 PM
A sensible use case
Okay, I just came up with another use case for these things, which might be more useful than a spy wig. When I have to get EEGs, I've got my whole head covered in electrodes, with about 30 long wires streaming down to my waist, and it's either plugged into a wall or plugged into a storage device that I carry around my waist. And of course it is NOT a fashionable look.

If there was a wig I could wear that had all the electrodes attached to the inside of it, and could use wireless communications to send the data back to a remote server, I would be VERY interested. Whenever I have to get an EEG that lasts for 48 hours I hide from society.
Ariella   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 4:01:08 PM
Re: A sensible use case
@Sara I'm sure it could be done. You'd have to get a wigmaker and an engineer to team up. If you'd want human hair long enough to cover you to the waist, that would add to the cost.
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 4:06:48 PM
Re: A sensible use case
@Ariella  Well I don't need a human hair one, and if they could make the thing wireless, it wouldn't necessarily need to be long enough to reach my waist. Another thing I thought of though -- that kind of wig would be subject to security/privacy compliance like other medical data and computing devices .
Ariella   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/7/2013 6:24:55 PM
Re: A sensible use case
@Sara yes, that's a possbility. As for spy wigs, though, there really may be a possibility there. That's because if you go to some places that have serious security checks, they check everything but your hair. If the wig looks natural, the would just wave you through, assuming it passes the metal detectors. With resoect to the problem of washing, I'd imagine it's possible to make the electronic parts detachable for that.
kicheko   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/9/2013 4:29:34 AM
Re: A sensible use case
Sara, - For electronics inside a wig, my worry is that for example you are trying to get through airport security and then it keeps beeping inside. This could lead to any sort of harassment. Btw would you go out in the green wig? just out of curiosity though it doesn't look bad.
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/9/2013 8:58:53 AM
Re: A sensible use case
@kicheko  Yes, I go out in the green wig and all the others in my collection. The people in my neighborhood don't even bat an eyelash anymore if they see me show up in green, purple, blue, or any color hair. Even when I leave my neighborhood I get looks, but not stares. It is New York City, after all. People see much stranger things.
Susan Fourtané   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 5:08:53 PM
Re: A sensible use case
Sara, 

"If there was a wig I could wear that had all the electrodes attached to the inside of it, and could use wireless communications to send the data back to a remote server, I would be VERY interested."

Why don't you talk about this with the people at Sony working on that smart wig project? 

-Susan
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Hospice_Houngbo   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/6/2013 6:40:12 PM
Re: A sensible use case
Hi, SF! How far do we want to go in our quest to read and control human mind? I am not sure if the medical advantages of that project outweigh its potential harm to human? Or am I too worried for nothing?
Susan Fourtané   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/7/2013 1:58:06 AM
Re: A sensible use case
HH, 

I don't think this is anything for mind reading, or mind control. In fact, I don't know enough about this Sony project to even get a strong opinion about it. What harm are you talking about? 

-Susan
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freespiritny25   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/14/2013 12:27:42 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
Oh I could definately use a navigation wig, would come in very handy! Excuse me while I charge up my....hair!
vnewman   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/19/2013 3:33:32 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
I'm actually kind of surpised a someone hasn't patented this idea already given the laundry list of off-the-wall things that have already been awarded protection - and mostly, or hopefully, never made!
vnewman   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/19/2013 3:43:07 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
I'm actually kind of surpised a someone hasn't patented this idea already given the laundry list of off-the-wall things that have already been awarded protection - and mostly, or hopefully, never made!
Broadway   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/19/2013 10:11:20 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
I think Sony is downright desparate to come up with the next big thing. When's the last time they did that...the Walkman?
The_Phil   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/23/2013 8:39:22 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
I like the Bravia's. I actually have one. It's nice. I promise...
Broadway   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/23/2013 10:24:35 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Phil, I will not harsh so bad on them then. But they need better pr to ensure these wig stories don't escape their weird test labs.
angelfuego   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/23/2013 11:46:06 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
Lol. That was a creative idea on Sony's behalf, but I wouldn't purchase one.
angelfuego   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/23/2013 11:47:05 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Sara, I like your idea about creative a wig with a surveillance camera. That would be great for undercover detectives.
Broadway   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/26/2013 8:01:21 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
And reality TV show stars ...
The_Phil   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/27/2013 9:19:52 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
Yea I agree. The wig thing is weird.
Nemos   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 6:15:06 AM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
hahaha I agree , Which accessory do you think would be a good idea to be implemented?
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 6:07:51 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Nemos "Which accessory do you think would be a good idea to be implemented?" Hmm. It would have to be something unisex that can stand up to the elements. Sweatbands, watches, pendants, glasses, belts?

Broadway   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 10:48:49 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Sara, belt buckles. Big shiny smart buckles.
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 11:47:45 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Broadway  YES. Big shiny belt buckles are THE way to run a Powerpoint presentation.
The_Phil   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 6:10:28 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
Smart glasses?
Nemos   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 7:04:47 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@Phil Smart glasses is something that we already know, any innovative idea?
The_Phil   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 5:52:39 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
I was just thinking of a more productive use. The one's that exist now have weird purposes.
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 6:10:11 PM
Re: Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea
@freespiritny  "Excuse me while I charge up my....hair!"  Hmm. Now that makes me worry about having hair so close to an electric outlet! That could start one nasty fire, I'd bet. See how ridiculous this idea is?!

LuFu   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/28/2013 1:45:02 PM
Turning Over in his Grave
Akio Morita must be having conniptions. His SONY has wigged-out!
Nemos   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/29/2013 7:21:07 PM
Smart Everything
It looks like everybody (In this case Sony) tries to replicate the successful idea of Google (glasses) and to create something similar.
Broadway   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/29/2013 9:17:31 PM
Re: Smart Everything
If they want to beat google at its own game, then just make a better set of glasses --- arguably what Samsung has done to apple and iPhones.
Nemos   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/30/2013 5:48:13 AM
Re: Smart Everything
I doubt about it, if you think Samsung has copied the Apple then Apple has copied Sony Mobile and Nokia but apart from that I mean they are trying to give "life" to the accessories as Google did.
impactnow   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 2:25:27 PM
Clearance sale
Smart wigs-- really? The world does not need this I completely agree--I see them on clearance right beside McDonalds mighty wings....
Sara Peters   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 2:59:48 PM
Re: Clearance sale
@impactnow  Well, if they're on the clearance rack for $5, I'll buy them. Tell Sony.
impactnow   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   12/31/2013 4:14:02 PM
Re: Clearance sale
Judging from the issue with washing they may need to be even lower priced to make them disposable!
Taimoor Zubair   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   1/15/2014 4:28:59 AM
Re: Clearance sale
Lol . I understand about the smart wigs but mighty wings would be cool
Nicky48   Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea   1/21/2014 4:58:58 PM
Re: Clearance sale
WOW Sarah, you have a lot of really cool wigs. Love them all - you don't need any smartness in them.
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