Microsoft filed a patent for an AI backpack straight out of a sci-fi film

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College students and workplace employees who carry heavy laptops and a plethora of non-public gadgets with them every single day depend on backpacks to carry their belongings. For these folks, there’s excellent news: Microsoft might quickly be infusing backpacks with manmade intelligence (AI) to take a backpack’s operate to a brand new stage.

A patent filed by Microsoft that showcases the idea of the AI backpack was filed on Could 2, 2023, and revealed on August 24, 2023, as noticed by MSPowerUser. 

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The wearable would be capable of do far more than your common smartwatch, with superior capabilities reminiscent of scanning an atmosphere, understanding voice instructions, and performing contextual duties. 

To carry out these duties, the backpack would come with strain sensors, a microphone, a digicam, a worldwide positioning system (GPS), a compass, a barometer, biometric sensors, a speaker, a show for visible outputs, a processor, and extra. 


Within the patent, Microsoft describes the capabilities of the potential backpack: 

The backpack might obtain a contextual voice command from a consumer. The contextual voice command might embody a non-explicit reference to an object in an atmosphere. The backpack might use the sensors to sense the atmosphere, use a synthetic intelligence engine to establish the thing within the atmosphere and use a digital assistant to carry out a contextual activity in response to the contextual voice command. The contextual activity might relate to the thing within the atmosphere. The backpack might output a response to the contextual voice command to the consumer.

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An instance within the patent shows a skier who’s sporting the AI backpack and asking it a query in regards to the slopes, to which the backpack responds: “No. That path is out of bounds. Ski to your proper to remain inbounds.” 


When you’re questioning whether or not the backpack is one thing it’s best to count on at Microsoft’s September launch occasion, the reply isn’t any. There’s a lengthy journey between submitting a patent and producing the backpack, and that is even when the product makes it to the manufacturing level. 

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Up to now, Microsoft has filed a number of patents for merchandise that by no means noticed the sunshine of day, together with a trifold cellphone and headphones with a fingerprint sensor. 

Though the AI backpack will not make an look on the forthcoming occasion, Yusuf Mehdi, company VP & client chief advertising and marketing officer at Microsoft, confirmed by way of an X put up (previously Twitter) that Microsoft might be sharing extra about its AI improvements.

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