In one of Microsoft's latest patent applications they note that their clip-on wearable camera invention will allow users to capture photos and/or video "hands-free," especially while they're moving. Microsoft's newly proposed camera, that is much smaller than a GoPro camera, could be very popular with active people, those at school, at a convention or those on vacation that simply want to be able to naturally capture their adventures and/or events hassle-free. It's like having the convenience of Google Glass without the geeky look.
We used to see films about alien space ships abducting humans to experiment on them using robotic arms and now it's a reality being used each and every day in hospitals around the world. Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung for a surgical robotic system. It's designed to be less invasive. Instead of making large incisions across the body, the surgical arms can enter very small incisions with cameras and cutting tools and perform the surgery under the skin. I had such surgery last year and was amazed at how little scarring it produced.
With Apple Pay debuting this month, there's been a lot frustration exhibited by some in the Android community clamoring that they were first to market with Google Wallet. True, but it really never caught on. Shortly After Apple announced that Apple Pay will be an Apple Watch feature in 2015, Samsung and PayPal struck a deal to add PayPal to Samsung Gear. A day prior to that announcement, two major mobile payment system patents from Samsung came to light at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Some of you may want to explore these patent filings in depth so that you could stay on top of the mechanisms that are behind this next consumer wave. Our report will point you in the right direction.
A new Samsung patent application for a next generation smartphone cover has come to light at the US Patent & Trademark Office. Samsung wants to create a smart cover that will go far beyond the basic function of protecting the device and actually provide solar power so as to charge the smartphone's battery.
The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals one of their latest inventions regarding a new display technology for charging wirelessly through a display panel and/or a wireless charging system. Our report presents you with four of Samsung's charging application examples over and above the tablet case that you can see presented in our cover graphic.
On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that touches on fingerprint identification and retouching a fingerprint that is faulty. Samsung recently stated that they're currently developing a next generation of Gear smartwatch that is equipped with fingerprint identification technology and relevant solutions through cooperation with PayPal. "By the earliest, the third generation smartwatch to be released early next year will have this new system in which payment is authorized immediately when users identify themselves through biometric sensors such as a fingerprint or login." To ensure that their fingerprint technology is performing better than it initially did, Samsung's patent application shows us that they're working on new process improvements.
On Oct 2, 2014 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a future version of their Galaxy Beam smartphone that integrates a pico-like projector. The Invention goes beyond their current Galaxy Beam 2 model which was just released in limited fashion in China. The new design shows the projector fitting inside a much slimmer smartphone form factor with the position of the projector moving to an all new location. Beyond aesthetics, Samsung wants to go beyond just merely projecting images to another surface. It want's the user to be able to interact with the projected image so as to control racing car video games, control presentation slides and interact with maps using touch screen gestures.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed an invention relating to a wearable accessory in the form of a ring. The highly sophisticated wireless ring will act as an interactive input device to control a cursor on a mobile device such as a smartphone or heads-up display. It could interact with a set-top box or Television. Yet there's more to this ring and our report will tell you all about it.
Today the US Patent and Trademark Office published a series of newly granted design patents for Samsung ranging from MRI scanners to stove top controls and beyond. The more interesting designs that are presented in our report cover a new Smart Band that's different than Gear Fit, and three new curved smartphone designs that are different than Samsung's latest Galaxy Note Edge.
We posted a report back in December 2012 titled "Top Industry Players are mapping out the Future of Dual Display Devices. The race to deliver smartphones with dual displays appears to be a narrow race between Samsung, LG and Microsoft who each have patent pending inventions on record supporting such a future device. The devices will provide greater viewing space for general computing while supporting mobile TV and ebook applications. Last week a new Microsoft invention was published by the US Patent Office showing that they're still working on the crucial hinge that will allow the dual displays to open and close just right.
Earlier this month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals their fourth invention regarding the development of a possible non-glasses 3D user interface for smartphones through to appliances. We posted our first Samsung patent report covering a 3D user interface back in mid-2012 and then posted another two (one and two) this past spring. Samsung's vision for a 3D user interface is likely being aimed at a future version of their Tizen OS that will power a next generation of smartphones. Samsung knows all too well that for Tizen to stand out against the likes of Google's Android and Apple's iOS, it will have to be distinguishable. Will a no-glasses styled 3D user interface be able to attract the younger demographic to Tizen? Only time will tell.
Apple was first to introduce a next generation smartwatch in a patent that projected a very futuristic design. Unlike a traditional watch with a tiny display, Apple envisioned a wider display that would wrap around a user's wrist. It had room for viewing apps like the iPhone of today while being able to accommodate a video call and so much more. It was a leap ahead of anything their competitors were even dreaming of for a next-gen smartwatch. Some 17 months later, a Samsung patent application came to light for a similar smartwatch design. It was quite in-depth with a very sharp vision. Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a new smart-bracelet or watch that could double as a smartphone. While tonight's report is limited to presenting you with Samsung's actual design patent figures and nothing else – you'll still be able to see for yourself that Samsung is boldly looking far beyond their current Gear design line-up that's struggling to find it's footing in the market.
On August 18 we posted a report titled "Samsung Reveals a New Display for a Future Smartphone that could fold in half like a Wallet." Two weeks later the US Patent & Trademark Office published a Samsung patent application revealing some of the technology and methodologies behind foldable next generation devices like a smartphone and/or an e-book.
Just ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 debuting next week, especially the 5.5 inch model, Samsung unveiled their next generation Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that offers a unique curved display at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Samsung also added a metallic frame to the new Note devices echoing their new Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Samsung's new curved display design fulfills a patent filing revealed by Patently Mobile in November 2013.
Late last month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung revealing an invention regarding the use of "Gaze Interactions," to control certain functions of future devices such as smartphones, tablets and Televisions. While Samsung first introduced a part of their technology with their Galaxy S4 last year, Samsung's patent shows us that they could extend this technology in mobile devices through to future Smart TVs and the desktop.
Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Google Reveals a Future 'Glass' Component System, which for the most part covered that which was already in-play since the beginning of the year. But it's been quite evident over the last year that Google hasn't figured out how to tap into the massive world of optics to the point that would catapult their "Glass" product into being an original global phenomenon like the iPhone or iPad has been for Apple. Last week a new patent application published by the US Patent Office reveals Google's ongoing search for the right set of designs that might make Google Glass the killer device that they're dreaming of. Instead of the pirate look, Google is looking for styles that are more mainstream, especially for sunglasses.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung regarding a new retractable camera system that is intended to provide desktop display and television owner's with maximum privacy. Unlike most camera systems available today that are designed to face the user directly at all times, Samsung's new camera system will be able to conveniently retract behind the display as noted in our cover graphic. When fully retracted, the camera is facing the ceiling instead of your face. This way you know that you're not being watched by hackers, the NSA or any other group.