Google wins patent for a new kind of search engine – one that will record real world experiences


Shoot, if this really happens, we wonder what Online privacy rights activists will have to say? Search engine Google may, very soon, come up with another type of search engine, this time for mobile computing & wearable device (like Google Glass) – one that records people’s real life experiences.

According to a report in Quartz, Google has just been awarded a patent wherein it has outlined a method for recording video using a camera mounted on a wearable such as Google Glass that can be searched at a later date. The wearable will send out the video to a user’s paired phone, which would in turn send the video to a server. A user could then head to an Online repository to check all their recordings in the Cloud, & then use keywords to search for specific instances they want to re-watch, said the report.

We accessed the patent information. Here’s what we found: The method may include capturing media data by a mobile computing device. The method may also include transmitting the captured media data to a server computer system, the server computer system to perform one or more recognition processes on the captured media data and add the captured media data to a history of real-world experiences of a user of the mobile computing device when the one or more recognition processes find a match. The method may also include transmitting a query of the user to the server computer system to initiate a search of the history or real-world experiences, and receiving results relevant to the query that include data indicative of the media data in the history of real-world experiences.

The patent application clearly states, not once but many times over: The method may include capturing media data by a mobile computing device. The method may also include transmitting the captured media data to a server computer system, the server computer system to perform one or more recognition processes on the captured media data and add the captured media data to a history of real-world experiences of a user of the mobile computing device when the one or more recognition processes find a match.

While it may not be the case that Google will ultimately use this patent to actually deliver the product, at least, it has taken Step 1.

 

 

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