November 6, 2019

Without Freedom, there is no Creation - J. Krishnamurti

An innovation is useful only if there is freedom to test, market, or sell product or service utilizing that innovation. An enterprise with even the most innovative product may be laden with technology risks in the form of existing intellectual property in the market which may need to be licensed or circumvented.  Such risks often culminate in the form IP infringement disputes (if the technology is already patented by another party, firm or individual) – sometimes even before the company earns revenue from the breakthrough product.

A Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis allows companies to avoid the above risks by analysin...

October 21, 2019

A smart wearable device (such as smartwatch) with a tiny screen is simply way too small to perform common multi-touch commands like pinching, rotation, and other gestures. Placing two fingers on the screen will block most of the display area. Typing data on the small screen is also close to impossible on wearable devices.

A US patent granted on October 15, 2019, to INNOVENTIONS, Inc., a private Houston-based company perhaps offers a solution. The patent teaches about systems and methods to improve the user interface with wearable devices like a smartwatch. It assigns one or more virtual passive touch pads on the surface (back hand) adjacent to the smartwatch, where the user...

September 24, 2019

Foldable Smartphone…!! How about an “Electronic Scroll” with a flexible display??

Scrolls were the first form of editable record keeping texts, used in ancient Egyptian civilizations. These rolls were made from papyrus, parchment, and/or paper containing writing. In an era of flexible displays, Samsung has won a patent for an “Electronic Scroll” with a flexible display, which might change the aesthetic of smartphones, tablets and/or smart TVs.

A US patent US10416722  is granted to Samsung, on September 17, 2019. The patent makes it possible for a user to carry a Smart TV, roll it up, watch his favorite content and then roll it back in his bag. The patent discloses an electron...

August 23, 2019

The term wireless communication was introduced in the 19th century and wireless communication technology and wireless communication devices has developed over the subsequent years. Wireless communication devices such as IoT, Smartphones, VR headset, operating over the internet, demand high data transfer rate to communicate. At present, wireless communication include - Wi-Fi, IR wireless communication, Satellite Communication, Broadcast Radio, Microwave Radio, Bluetooth, and ZigBee etc. This article talks about Wi-Fi (mainly 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 standard), a family of radio technologies used for the wireless local area networking (WLAN) devices. There are many different versions...

August 21, 2019

Would you mind wearing a smart wearable product (such as Smart Bandages, Diapers, and/or Socks) having a sensor and a dispensing unit to release a predetermined amount of medicament controlled through a Smartphone?

US patent US10376423 granted to Newtonoid Technologies, LLC – WINDGO’s Intellectual Property holding company, discloses a system for monitoring characteristic of biological material of the user using smart wearable product (Smart bandages, Diapers, and/or Socks). The system includes an analysis portal and a pad. The analysis portal includes a sensing portion comprising a sensor (temperature sensors, optical (e.g., blood oxygen, spectroscopy), blood alcohol sensors...

August 8, 2019

A refrigerator can slow down the spoilage of food and drinks stored within the refrigerator, although the process is not completely halted. Food or drinks in the refrigerator will eventually spoil. But how about a refrigerator that sniffs out a spoiled food using cameras and chemical sensors and even sends a notification to the user’s smartphone?

US patent US10373472 granted to Amazon, on August 6, 2019, discloses a system for determining whether food in a refrigerator has spoiled. The system includes a camera and a chemical sensor (such as potentiometric sensors, chemical field-effect transistor (ChemFET) sensors, chemiresistors, chemoreceptors, or other sensors) to detect...

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