We have said it before, and we will say it again – patents are the new “ammunition” for companies, and amassing as many of those as possible (good ones, of course), would definitely work in your company’s favor in the long run. Recently, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son tweeted a link to the English-subtitled version of his two-hour speech, where he envisioned what would happen in the coming three decades where technology was concerned. Apparently, one of his insights do seem to have run up the proverbial brick wall for one particular reason – there is already such a device in the market (or at least, prototypes of it with the real deal arriving very soon), where it is none other than Google Glass.
Masayoshi Son did mention that down the road, a special pair of glasses will allow users to view language translations instantly, dubbing it “Translation Eyeglasses with Captions,” in addition to claiming the patent on this particular technology. We have no idea on whether Son’s proposed translation glasses and the claimed patent would actually infringe on Google Glass, or the other way round, but something tells me that time will be able to sort all of it out.