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 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...

May 10, 2019

A new patent application from Tesla US20190106055A1 suggests an advanced sunroof lighting system that allows you to manipulate the incoming light according to requirement. A tint layer is sandwiched between two transparent layers and is electrically controllable to allow none, some, or all of the sunlight incident to the sunroof. A ‘transparent lighting layer’ is added between the tint layer and the second transparent and has LEDs embedded in it. This layer also contains multiple scattering centers which redirects light from the side of the layer to the vehicle cabin. The transparent lighting layer is configured to provide uniform distribution of light in the car.

April 25, 2019

US Patent no 10,268,528 B2  was granted to IBM on April 23, 2019 that describes a method which uses distributed ledger technology (DLT) to verify information shared between multiple devices in real time. The method talks about collecting specific information from every device and sending it to the nearest computer node. The verified information is then stored in a distributed database and is used to update the entries in the blockchain. The devices connected between the proposed system would be able to share information with other mobile devices, while eliminating the need of any central authority. Connected objects can be sensed and / or controlled remotely across existing...

April 22, 2019

Online payments company PayPal has been awarded  US Patent No. 10262138B2 that describes a technique to combat ransomware attacks. The first method described in the patent suggests an alert system that triggers when a program is attempting to encrypt data where the user has full discretion whether to halt the program or not. The alternative method talks about duplicating the unaffected original file and saving it at a remote server before it gets encrypted.

April 10, 2019

US20190101980A1 was published by Sony that describes a head mounted display and prescription glasses to be worn with it. Instead of incorporating the eye tracking system in the HMD alone like their traditional headset, Sony decided to implement it in the prescription glasses as well. This could eliminate the image distortions created by the lens of the prescription glasses as seen before. The user information captured by the glasses is transmitted through a wireless signal to the HMD by the emitter. This signal is in the form of pulses of data that carry the gaze information to the HMD. Electro optical elements such as infrared LEDs are implemented in the glasses to illumin...

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