D-Link hints at Google Glass-like device

wearcamChinese networking and communications company D-Link has lodged an intriguing Australian trade mark for the term ‘Wearcam’.

The application is also for a logo (pictured), and covers classes for features including an ‘internet protocol camera’, ‘portable media players’, ‘personal digital assistants’, ‘mobile telephones’, ‘computer programs for editing images’ and ‘downloadable computer game programs’.

D-Link is best known for selling Wi-Fi products, such as wireless routers, and currently holds 33 per cent of that market. Other offerings include a cloud service, internet security and network cameras.

A search for “D-Link Wearcam” doesn’t appear to have any relevant results, and a search for ‘Wearcam’ on the D-Link website brings up zero results.

However, a search for ‘Wearcam’ links to various websites discussing wearable cameras and computers, with the top search – Wearcam.org – featuring an image and writing about Google Glass.

In fact, another website about Wearcam technology defines it as:

The WearCam invention is a particular variant of the “existential computer” invention which comprises the following entities: (1) one or more cameras that is/are attached to the body in some manner that permits both hands to be free (2) means of recording, processing, and transmitting images from the camera(s); processing means may be remote if facilitated through communications means (3) a display means that has the capability of presenting an image or stream of images from the camera, as well as other images (e.g. from the processor, or received from an external signal) and is also worn in a manner that permits both hands to be free.

The trade mark application for ‘Wearcam’ – TM number 1565938 – was lodged on July 1 by D-Link Corporation.

The classes covered on the application are specifically:

Class 9: Internet protocol cameras; digital cameras; cameras; internet cameras; computer cameras; set-top boxes; portable media players; personal digital assistants; closed-circuit television monitors; mp3 players; mobile telephones; video-telephones; internet phones; telematics apparatus, namely, wireless internet devices which provide telematics services and have a cellular phone function; computer network hubs, switches and routers; voice over internet protocol gateways; cordless telephones; cordless telephone base station; voice server; voice over internet protocol telephone adapter; computer software used in network communication; computer hardware, namely, firewalls; wireless television set for providing video conferencing and telephone service over the internet; telephone call routers; telephones; computer firmware for use in database management; computer servers; data processing equipment and computers; computer hardware and software for processing digital data and music files; computer operating programs; computer programs for editing images, sound and video; computer programs for using the internet and the world wide web; computer software and hardware for use in language localization, by means of language translation, subtitling, dubbing, closed captioning and teletext for feature films, television programs, videos and digital media; computer software and firmware for operating system programs; computer software for processing digital images; downloadable music files; downloadable computer game programs; downloadable electronic dictionaries; electronic game programs; electronic game software for cellular telephones 

The trade mark application is at the early status of ‘Indexing Approved’.

Click to view a screenshot of D-Link’s ‘Wearcam’ trade mark application.

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