It was reported just last month that Microsoft had claimed that it was making great progress on new touchless technology that would allow users to interact with their smart devices without actually needing to touch them. Microsoft noted that they had a number of prototypes in the works at the moment, including an electronic bracelet that will track users' finger movements and then communicate the inputs to a smart device wirelessly and more. Rico Malvar, Microsoft's chief scientist, said work had begun on new screens that could be manipulated without needing to approach a gadget. That's true and today we present you with Microsoft's patent pending invention covering touchless input for mobile devices which may be closer to reality than most of think. It's not going to be something a decade away, it's something that could be in the market in the next few years if not much sooner.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed more flexible display and flexible device ideas. Patent Bolt has archived many of Samsung's patent filings for future flexible displays. You could review a patent report such as this one to get the basics behind Samsung's new flexible display technology that covers bending, pressure and gripping sensors and much more. In today's report we cover a few of Samsung's new ideas for flexible display adn device controls.
In the past few weeks the US Patent & Trademark Office has published a series of patent applications from Google that relate to varying aspects of their Google Glass spin-off project for smart contact lenses. On the surface, the new contact lenses product appears to be one that will work with Google Glass as an accessory more than it being about an independent product. That may change over time as new patents arise, but for now it's a Google Glass accessory. Our initial report titled "Google takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses," laid the foundation of this project. Our second report published yesterday covered a new micro camera system for these new smart contact lenses. Today's report covers a total of seven new patent applications related to this project with links to five of Google's patents so that you could further explore this project in greater depth on your own. Google covers such matters as integrating silicon chips right into a contact lens, a method of testing tears for irritants, a method of measuring heat generated near the eye and so much more.
Last month Google surprised the market with a new wearable Glass off-shoot project relating to future smart contact lenses. Our report that was titled "Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses," will now act as a sort of foundational report for this invention on an ongoing basis. Today's new patent revelations cover the integration of tiny cameras into their future smart contact lenses. The user will be able to control the camera through a sophisticated system using the owner's unique blinking patterns. The new camera system could have many benefits to users and our report covers Google's initial ideas. One particular idea that Google conveys in their new patent pending invention will really open your eyes to the potential power of this new wearable computing device. For many, it could be a real life saver.
Priceplay Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns two specific Priceplay patents. The company alleges that Google's Cost-Per-Click" bidding and "Quality Score"/"Ad Rank" systems relating to "AdWords" infringe upon their intellectual property.
Back in November we reported on Samsung's patent application relating to 3D Orientation-Free Wireless Power Transfer. Then in March of this year we covered yet another Samsung wireless charging system that provided us with a twist. Samsung's invention was about wireless charging methods which allowed for wirelessly charging a user device battery using another mobile device. Today we present you with yet another twist to Samsung's ambitions. This time around Samsung has filed for a patent that will be for wirelessly charging devices beyond mobile phones and tablets. This time around, Samsung is thinking of wirelessly charging systems for vehicles and more importantly, health devices such as a pacemaker. The latter one could be a little controversial, for some – and we'll explain why further below.
Apple was one of the first tech companies to design and sell a computer mouse with a housing that accepted gestures like pinch and zoom and scrolling without a scroll wheel. Since that time, their R&D team has filed for another patent relating to a keyboard that could understand in-air gestures. That particular idea apparently caught Microsoft's eye. Last week the US Patent Office published Microsoft's patent application for a gesture assisted keyboard. Their patent-pending invention reveals that Microsoft may use high-end technology to achieve in-air gestures over a keyboard or simplify some functionality by combining specific keyboard keys assigned to different gestures and quick hand gestures. In our cover graphic example, the user has pressed a specific keyboard key and by moving their finger over this key up or down, they're able to control webpage scrolling without the use of a notebook touchpad.
In December Wired Magazine believed that wearables would be the computing trend to watch for in 2014 and believed it could be as big a market as smartphones. In fact it was the number one trend to emerge at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Since that time, Samsung has raced ahead in wearables with their Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band and Google has kick-started their Google Wear platform. Even Apple let it be known that there's a "Healthbook" App on the way which could strongly suggests that there could be a wearable device on their roadmap in the not too distant future. Today, The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a new design patent for Samsung Glass while granting Microsoft a design patent for an "Electronic Band." Yes, things are starting to get interesting.
One of Google's Moonshot projects is called Project Loon. It began with Google acquiring a company by the name of Space Data Corp who was working on a project to send balloons about 20 miles into the air in an effort to give truckers better connectivity to the net. It never got off the ground, but Google was determined to repurpose the project into bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the world that can't afford it and into areas where natural disasters have knocked out the net. The project officially launched as Project Loon in June 2013. Google's first patent application related to this project surfaced five months later which gave us a broad overview of the project. Earlier this month, Charlie Rose interviewed Google's CEO Larry Page at TED. One of the key segments of this interview touched on Page's love for Project Loon. Our report points you to new patents connected to Project Loon, presents two new photos of the project as well as the video interview with Page at TED.
Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a new multi-sensor contact lens computer system that may work with many future devices including Google Glass and/or other future wearable devices, an Android smartphone, a television, a gaming system, navigation and/or car stereo and beyond. If you're a die-hard Google fan, then this is a must read; because if you blink, you just might miss something great.
Earlier this month, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google regarding a graphical user interface for portables and wearables in particular. Google's patent application states that "A portable computer terminal, such as a wristwatch having a processor and memory, may be operatively coupled to a computing device, such as a smart phone, tablet, etc., using wireless communication via Bluetooth or NFC." The device is obviously touch based to control the UI. The inventors are all noted as coming from Zurich, Switzerland, home of the greatest watch brands in the world. Whether Google acquired the patent from these inventors or hired experts from Zurich to design a watch for them is unknown at this time.
According to the US Patent Office, Microsoft has invented a physically-modulated friction stylus system and method for physically modulating friction between a styli tip and a surface of a computing device to emulate the "feel" of different types of writing instruments writing on different types of surfaces (such as pen on paper or a paintbrush on canvas). The actual friction between the stylus and the surface is modulated to produce the "feel." The friction is physically modulated "on the fly" meaning that friction can be modulated while the stylus tip is in contact with the surface and while the stylus is moving. The friction is modulated dependent on a location of the stylus on the surface and the posture and orientation of the stylus. In addition, the friction can be modulated based on a direction and a velocity that the stylus tip is moving across the surface. Audio may also be used to improve the emulation experience.
Do you remember the embarrassing video showing how the new facial recognition unlocking screen process for Android's Ice Cream Sandwich miserably failed by simply using a still photo of the owner of the device? Ouch. Who trusted it after that? Well, Google went back to the drawing board on this problem and have come up with several new updates to this project regarding user authentication. The first proposed solution revealed a new fingerprint and facial scan combination process that we covered back in December. The second one was published just yesterday by the US Patent Office which covers a method that includes taking a second photo of the individual using infra-red so as to confirm that the entity before the device is in fact alive. Okay, that should do the trick … hopefully.
Google introduced a basic radial menu gesture in Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the browser in tablets and has played with it ever since. Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Google's patent application revealing the advancement of the radial menu. Samsung introduced their version of the radial menu known as "Air Command" with last year's roll out of the Galaxy Note 3. Google's new radial menu provides greater detail with a sub-menu feature.
According to a new report by IHS, the global market for wireless charging hardware used for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets will surge to rise by almost fortyfold during the next five years. Revenue from shipments of wireless power transmitters and receivers will expand to $8.5 billion in 2018, up from just $216 million in 2013. Revenue this year will increase by 264 percent to reach $785 million. And just as this market is about to take off, a new Samsung wireless charging invention comes to light using Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) technology.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a method of displaying a Graphic Keyboard. The twist to Google's invention is that it relates to providing mobile devices (smartphones & tablets) with backside sensors that act as keyboard keys for input on a virtual keyboard UI of the user's touch screen. The sensors are placed on both the right and left hand sides of the device as noted in our cover graphic above. Google states that there are front and backside sensors. Sensors 50A-D are frontal sensors and 50E-H are rear sensors. Google notes that "If the usage mode is a one-handed usage mode for a smartphone, a unitary graphical keyboard is displayed. If the usage mode is a two-handed usage mode for a tablet, a split graphical keyboard is displayed.
Last week the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of four new patent applications from Samsung Electronics that were concentrated on future flexible display products. The form factors and ideas were greatly varied. One displayed a new wraparound watch while another revealed a new dual display smartphone with a unique photo sharing application. Patent Bolt recently opened a new Samsung Flexible Display Archive to make it easier for you to research this area of technology that Samsung is excelling in.