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Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung revealing a new invention regarding a computer input system and a method of using a smartphone as an input device of a computer. The dock is shown as a smartphone and S Pen dock. The unique aspect of the dock is that a user's home computer would be able to provide the dock with sufficient power so that it could double as digitizing graphics tablet for art like a Wacom device. According to Samsung's patent filing, "The smart terminal-assisted input apparatus and method of the present invention makes use of the superior computing power of the computer and the diverse input schemes of the smart terminal, thereby improving the usability of the smart terminal."
On January 8, 2015 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung titled "Electronic Device and Eye Region Detection Method in Electronic Device." Samsung's invention covers a method and an electronic device in association with iris recognition. The patent filing indicates that Samsung is working with lndustry-Academic Cooperation Foundation Yonsei University on this new iris scanning system as they're noted as being one of the patent assignees. In October 2013 rumors began to surface about Samsung working on a new iris recognition system and a month later Patently Mobile reported that the U.S. Patent office published Samsung's patent application covering such an invention. Today's newly discovered patent application greatly advances Samsung's method for iris scanning and recognition.
Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals they're work on a new and easier method for users of Google Glass to take photos and/or videos with that's as natural as could be.
Microsoft's engineering and R&D teams have been busy working on various kinds of cameras of late. This past October we posted a report titled "Microsoft Invents a Wearable Camera for Hands-Free Operation," and today our report covers a newly granted design patent covering a wearable camera and a new patent filing for camera lenses for curved surfaces.
Over the holidays, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung relating to a new wireless charger using inductance coils. Some additional and optional capabilities of the charger maybe provided. In particular, a source of ultra-violet radiation may be embedded in the charger for disinfection of the charged device by destruction of microorganisms on a surface of the mobile device.
Over the holidays the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals new grip sensing capabilities using pressure sensors that can recognize specific grip patterns. These grip patterns can act as another form of multitouch that could control device functionality like raising or lowering audio.
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a new and interesting tablet. Samsung introduces us to an all-new tablet button that is likely a physical camera button for easy selfie photo taking.
A supply chain rumor site in Taiwan claimed late yesterday that Microsoft is planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product as early as the E3 gaming show in June next year. The rumor supports a number of game centric patent pending inventions that Microsoft has on record. Our report provides you with more details on this new rumor and Microsoft's gaming patents.
Continuing with the Make It Happen campaign, Microsoft showcases an artist who uses Microsoft tech to modernize his process. Using a Surface Pro 3, artist Phil Galloway is able to shed some weight from his load over the holidays. Paired with a Lumia Windows Phone device, sharing pictures of artwork with clients and friends is easy and fast. These two gadgets from Microsoft enable Phil to get what he needs done while not compromising on style.
A few weeks back the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was likely to drop Texas Instruments for Intel to power their next generation Google Glass wearable device in 2015. While Google Glass received a lot of bad press this past year, they've persevered. We covered a recent patent of Google's regarding Google Glass and the use of biometrics. Yesterday Google was granted three new design patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relating to Google Glass. One covers a relatively new slick design while the other two covered a more traditional look that could be used with prescription glasses as noted in our cover graphic.
Samsung privately demoed smartphones with truly bendable displays at CES earlier this year. In late December 2013 we had reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, had told analysts at a meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." Flash forwarding to November 17 of this year we heard Samsung announce its mid-to-long term strategies for smartphones at the Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York where 200 analysts were invited. Samsung announced that they would be introducing a foldable smartphone by 2016. Today Samsung was granted multiple design patents covering one and two-fold smartphones.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that revealed a future smart device such as a smartphone or tablet that could transfer data to a smart wall or a large flat display using a built-in laser beam.
Biometrics is a class of user verification with the focus of identification of humans using characteristics unique to a particular human. Google thinks that conventional biometric systems and techniques of today are relatively inconvenient to use. The inconvenience is exacerbated as the number of secure devices continues to grow. As such, new approaches for user verification are need and desired. This is Google's second patent on bringing Iris scanning technology to the forefront based on a unique contact lens system. However the original patent laying the foundation out for this invention was filed before Apple's Touch ID was publicly introduced. Apple's Touch ID is convenient and has been recently extended to their mobile wallet application called Apple Pay. In that light, it is the Google Contact Lenses biometric system that now appears to be the inconvenient biometric methodology in the big picture. Yet with that said, Google's invention has its strengths and our report points them out.