Google has been awarded a new patent by the USPTO which could finally allow for your walls to project images and content at will. This is straight from a futuristic movie and works exactly like it sounds. Read more
With the recent release of its Flex and Flex 2 smartphones, LG has advanced the field of flexible devices. It seems that the Korean company is looking further down the line though, according to patent D0726,140 that was awarded to it by the United States Patent and Trademark office last week. This new patent shows a design for a foldable smartphone-watch mash-up.
A US Jury in Delaware has found Motorola guilty of infringing on one of Intellectual Venture’s patents, while clearing the company of a second potential infringement. The infringed patent in question deals with multimedia text messaging, while the non-infringing patent dealt with wireless bandwidth. Damages will be figured up later. Read more
Google X, the company’s “moon shot” research lab, is known to be involved in a lot of projects in a wide variety of fields. Last fall one of those projects was revealed to be a pill that could be used to detect cancer and other diseases. Now the company is back with a patent application for a wearable device that may be able to capitalize on that pill research to do something about the bad cells that it finds in a person’s body. Read more
With Project Ara, Google eyed modules as a way for users to build a custom phone that meets their unique needs and in the long term, may make it easier to keep up with the latest and greatest developments in smartphone tech as only particular modules need to be replaced. A new patent application from Samsung reveals that company has identified another use for modules in the smartphone market – making devices flexible. Read more
Samsung’s Galaxy Camera is a cool concept, but the actual design of the device is pretty clunky, to say the least. It looks like Samsung is working on updating that, though, as they’ve been awarded a design patent for a new camera phone device that’s much sleeker than what you can get right now.
The patent shows a device with a more refined body instead of the awkward grip that you’ll find on the current Galaxy Camera. The headphone jack on the device also appears to have been moved to the top and center, and it looks like Samsung has possibly found a way to integrate the flash into the camera lens encasement. There’s a small hole on the outer edges and no hole on the face of the device, so going by this single patent design, that’s the most likely conclusion. Read more
Google has filed for another patent for a redesigned version of Glass that shows off a much slimmer version than what you’ll get with the Explorer Edition today. This design fixes some of the problems of the original iteration of Glass, including a less bulky frame as well as a textured touch pad on the side.
While this patent shows a nice redesign of the hardware, it doesn’t mention anything about whether or not Google will actually begin shipping Glass with Intel processors like we’ve heard. If all of these rumors wind up being true, though, there’s a good chance we’ll finally see a slimmed down consumer release of Glass with a brand new, optimized CPU sometime next year, and hopefully it won’t cost $1,500 this time around. Read more
A new patent that was filed in Korea reveals some work Samsung has been pursuing in developing new multi-window features for a user interface dubbed Iconic UX. The interface appears to be focused on an interface that provides several windows for apps to utilize. Similar to what Samsung has done with their Touchwiz multi-window function, users would be able to share content between open windows using drag and drop type interactions. Read more
The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.
Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Read more
There is no denying that Google Glass is very, very cool. But there is also no denying that Google Glass doesn’t look very cool. In fact it looks exactly like a pair of glasses with an external prism and projector attached to it, looking more like something Data from the Goonies would wear, and not a gadget aimed at the average consumer. Luckily Google filed a patent last week that seems to be an attempt at making the Glass less conspicuous and more socially acceptable.