November 5, 2019

With thousands of transactions and billions of dollars spent on technology mergers and acquisitions (M&A) every year, buyers must protect their investments by conducting due diligence. M&A due diligence allows acquirers to do three important things:

  1. Confirm the premises of the deal

  2. Gather information to plan the integration

  3. Identify unknown risks

When considering an acquisition, a buyer will first amass information about the target company and formulate an investment thesis. Then, the buyer would perform due diligence to integrate the target into their operation, within a predetermined window of time as agreed upon between the buyer and the target company...

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

Abstract: Over the past few years, robocalls are rapidly overwhelming the telephone world. According to a study analyzing over 50 million calls, the number of robocalls is dramatically increasing, from 3.7% of total calls in 2017 to 29.2% in 2018. And it’s projected to reach 44.6% by 2019. This article discusses the current solutions available to the consumers that are provided by telephone service providers to prevent robocalls. It also includes the newly adopted SHAKEN/STIR standard for caller ID identification by service providers. SHAKEN/STIR standard refers to the criteria of using public key infrastructure to authenticate the calls between the originating and terminat...

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...

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.

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