Google Has Patented The “Hand Heart” Gesture

Google has patented specific hand gestures for users of Google Glass, including the “hand heart.” But how will this affect pop stars?

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A recently discovered patent has revealed that Google has patented “hand gestures to signify what is important” for users wearing a “wearable computing device” —- otherwise known as Google Glass.

The most alarming part of this patent is that it includes making a “heart-shaped hand gesture” that Google Glass wearers would make to signify that they “like” something.

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3. Here’s how you would use a hand heart while wearing Google Glass:

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The patent also includes making a “lens frame” gesture with your hands to create a frame around an object, indicating to Google Glass that you want to take a picture of an object or person that you’ve “framed.”

However, modern convenience and technological advances aside, if Google does implement these patented gestures, what does it mean for the rest of us? And, more specifically, what does it mean for pop stars?!

If pop stars had to stop using the hand heart….

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5. How will Taylor Swift’s fans know that she loves them?

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6. How will Justin Bieber’s fans know they are appreciated?

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7. How will Lady Gaga convey love?!

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8. How will you know when Demi Lovato is pleased?

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9. How will Zayn of One Direction demonstrate his adoration of living while he is young?

Admittedly Zayn’s attempt at a hand heart is pretty weak. Perhaps it’s better if he had to stop.

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10. (But seriously what is he even doing?)


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There’s no word on when or if Google plan on actually using its “hand heart gesture” patent, but for the sake of pop stars’ relationship with their fans, let us hope it never happens.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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