Microsoft Has Found a Way to See Through Fog and Dust

Microsoft says its system can help create a clearer image 1 photo
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Fog is a huge problem for drivers out there, but technology giant Microsoft has come up with a new-generation idea that could help deal with it once and for all.
A patent called “AR glasses with predictive control of external device based on event input” describes how a device would analyze the images in front, process the content, and then display a clearer version to the user on a dedicated screen.

This screen can be installed on AR glasses, the patent explains, though it goes without saying it’s not hard to imagine the same technology could also be used for other implementations, including on a head-up display, for example.

The AR world is slowly but surely expanding in the automotive industry, and while we’re still in its early days, it won’t take long before new cars come equipped with more advanced capabilities in this regard.

Earlier this month at CES, Panasonic previewed a new head-up display that can process the images in front of the car and add driving information, such as the way to go based on navigation settings, the current speed, the obstacles on the road, and other details.

Microsoft’s system relies on a rather simple approach that helps eliminate part of the fog, dust, and smoke to create a clearer vision. Theoretically, the processed content can be displayed on any screen.

This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eye-piece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the display content, wherein the eyepiece includes predictive control of external device based on an event input,” the patent reads.

Of course, it goes without saying this is just a patent for the time being, and we’re still far from the moment it would enter mass production. At the same time, it’s also an indication that struggling with the fog when getting behind the wheel could at one point become a thing of the past.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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