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As smartphone makers scramble to adopt new identification technologies to counter Apple's new iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint feature, Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG are expected to soon sign deals with Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish company that specializes in fingerprint verification systems.
On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office Granted Samsung a new design patent for an interesting new eWallet styled case accessory that provides two credit card slots in a new foldout wing within the case.
News out of Asia claims that Samsung Electronics will apply a metal mesh touch screen panel to their next generation Galaxy tablet in 2014. Samsung's strategy is to reinforce its cost competitiveness in the tablet space by replacing indium tin oxide (ITO) with a new metal mesh made of silver and copper materials. In the long run, the new metal mesh based displays will be used to develop more advanced flexible displays that will utilize next generation digitizer-less pen recognition technology.
Earlier in the quarter the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung relating to a future transparent display. More specifically, the focus of the invention is on providing a future smartphone with a transparent display that is able to accept touch controls on both the front and back side of the transparent display separately or simultaneously to control actions, move icons, control video playback and more.
Earlier this quarter the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google revealing an invention regarding a privacy display for mobile devices. The invention involves two displays, one for public viewing and one for private viewing when you need to check out banking or other sensitive documents. While it's an interesting invention, they're not alone in trying to achieve display privacy on a mobile device. Apple filed for a patent for the same type of invention back in the spring of 2011 wherein a series of mirror-like structures could control the directions of the display's light beams.
On November 26, 2013 the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a series of tablet related design patents. One design appears to either be an Ultrabook-like solution for a hybrid notebook-tablet or simply a hard case for a Galaxy Tablet that will come with a built-in keyboard. The other tablet designs illustrate new front apertures. Whether the apertures are for motion control or simply new speakers is unknown at this time. With Samsung's market share gains in tablets quickly rising in 2013, every possible future tablet design becomes important.
The National Radio Research Agency announced that Samsung's smartphone code named TRATS2 running the new Tizen OS had passed the radio wave certification in Korea last week. However, at the moment it's only a phone to be released to developers.
Samsung recently announced that it would enter the healthcare and mobile healthcare markets as one of their future growth engines. They're currently attending the Medica trade show in Germany and will be attending Medica's US event on December first with a booth presenting over 20 different devices including digital X-ray equipment and a portable CT scanner. Earlier this quarter the US Patent Office revealed one of Samsung's latest inventions relating to a portable, cuffless blood pressure device.
Earlier in the quarter the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that relates to a possible future authentication system for devices like their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. The patent supports the rumors that began to surface in mid-October.
Microsoft's Developer Center webpage points to the new Kinect 2 coming to market in 2014. Developers can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program which begins this month. Today, Microsoft was granted a design patent for the new Xbox One Kinect 2 accessory titled "Motion sensor with microphone."
Back in June of this year we posted two reports about Samsung patents covering bendable displays for wearable computers and tablets. Last week Samsung filed yet another bendable related patent. This time around their emphasis is on a future Galaxy smartphone. The filing presents a number of new ideas of how they could use their bendable display region that the note as a sub-display.
Earlier in quarter the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed a new device control service that could generate a device quiet time control for a designated time duration and/or to restrict communication functions of the associated devices that are in the vehicle with the mobile device. The invention could be beneficial to both consumers and business users alike.
Back in June of this year our Patently Apple site noted that Samsung was working on a 12.2" tablet with an HD IGZO display. Our report further noted that the new tablet was being aimed at the education market. On Tuesday, Pocket-lint found Samsung's US Federal Communications Commission filing confirming that the new tablet is on the way. In October Google filed for a patent titled "Systems and Methods for Manipulating user Annotations in Electronic Books," which will support Samsung's hardware in education. Last month Apple's CEO Tim Cook boasted that Apple held a commanding lead in the educational market with 94% market share. Apparently Google and Samsung are preparing their counter attack that could come as early as 2014.