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  • Patent Reform Tries Again Crunch Network

    Patent Reform Tries Again

    Patent reform, long a decidedly unsexy topic best discussed over a strong espresso, has been a hot topic in recent years. Even though Congress substantially overhauled the patent system just three and a half years ago with the passage of the America Invents Act, the continued public drumbeat (a drumbeat taken up by President Obama, among others) against “Patent Assertion… Read More

  • Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

    Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

    The space game is hot and only the strongest are going to survive. One Canadian company feels like its in a good spot to succeed, having just been awarded the patent for a “space elevator.” Back to the how’s and what’s in a second…the company, Thoth Technology, took an aggressive shot at Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the process of announcing the news by way of its… Read More

  • Apple Is Looking At Facial Recognition For Easing Photo-Sharing

    Apple Is Looking At Facial Recognition For Easing Photo-Sharing

    Perhaps taking a leaf out of Facebook’s playbook, Apple is looking at ways to automatically share photographs with the people being snapped, according to a new patent filing. Read More

  • Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More

  • Apple Patents Eye-Tracking And Visual Control Tech For Mac, iOS And Beyond

    Apple Patents Eye-Tracking And Visual Control Tech For Mac, iOS And Beyond

    Apple has been granted a patent (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for tracking eye movement and using it to control UI elements on computing devices. The gaze-based control system also includes methods designed to counteract visual effects that can occur when a person stares at a fixed space for a long stretch of time, which can trick their eyes into thinking some UI elements have… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple Patents A Wireless Action Camera And Wrist-Based Remote

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO based on IP it acquired from Kodak in a deal from 2013, which details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled from a smartwatch (Apple Watch fantasists should note that this patent was originally created in 2012). The Apple patent specifically seeks to address flaws identified in the design of competitors including the GoPro HD… Read More

  • Apple Details A Modular Stylus That Can Capture Handwriting On Any Surface

    Apple Details A Modular Stylus That Can Capture Handwriting On Any Surface

    Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a new type of stylus in detail, which can capture handwriting from a user, on a variety of surfaces and with a range of writing nibs that let it also write on paper, whiteboards or even an iPad’s capacitive touchscreen. The stylus design uses accelerometers and other motion sensors to track movement… Read More

  • Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    Touch ID Patent Application Shows Apple Could Expand Home Button Features

    A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The patent is credited to AuthenTec co-founder Dale R. Setlak, meaning Apple is putting the company it acquired to build Touch ID to good use. It describes how a users’ finger on the Touch ID… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might be that it uses physics-based animations and interactions to manipulate those files and folders, however… Read More

  • Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it’s been working on boosting the iPhone’s navigation abilities with augmented reality features. The patent describes a way that the iPhone could use its camera in combination with on-device software to generate virtual maps of your surroundings, which are overlaid on a real feed, and which can do things… Read More

  • Apple Patents Flexible Display Tech That Turns Screens Into Buttons, Microphones And More

    Apple Patents Flexible Display Tech That Turns Screens Into Buttons, Microphones And More

    Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes various control mechanisms that could be used with flexible displays, to replace components such as physical buttons with more durable and resilient alternatives, and to create alternate means for detecting sound output, providing haptic feedback and even performing other tricks like making it easier to open… Read More

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