7 curious patents that could become reality – see what the major manufacturers might be working on
Indeed, taking a peek at the patent applications and the conceptual blueprints might actually reveal a lot of things. You might, for example, notice a reference design for the exterior of an upcoming smartphone, take a glimpse at its ingenious and unorthodox user interface, or even spot a smart gadget that you might wear on your head some day.
Exploring the USPTO is like taking a glimpse into the future – although uncertain, it is still fascinating.
In this line of thought, our curiosity made us take a sneak peek at some of the patent applications, recently filed with the USPTO. We managed to detect some rather interesting ones and although we can't cover all of them for you, we will try to distunguish some of the more compelling patents in the gallery below.
1. Sony's head-mounted device
According to Sony's application, the displays of the smart glasses that come with fixed shape might cause image blurriness for some users. By being deformable to some extent, Sony's conceptual wearable would reduce any inconvenient image distortions on the dual displays of the smart glasses.
2. Apple's two-sided phone
The patent application states that almost all mobile devices come with "flat planar form factor" and although their fronts house big touchscreen displays, the rear and the sides remain mostly unused. It seems that Apple might be interested in expandind the functionality of its mobile devices by improving their form factor and utilizing the remaining space that remains unusued.
3. Samsung's bendable display
Of course, this UI method requires a bendable display in the first place, but we know that Samsung already has such in tow – the company demoed the flexible YOUM screen at CES 2013.
4. LG's head-mounted display
5. Samsung's lip-tracking feature
The Korean company has already developed similar motion-detecting features, such as Smart Stay, Smart Pause, and Smart Scroll. In this line of thought, this lip recognition method might turn out to be an improvement to S Voice.
6. Samsung's solar-powered smartphone
But what's even more interesting is that the solar cell will allow you to power on your device even if its battery is absent. If this is the case, you'll be able to perform some basic tasks on your smartphone for a limited time – make an emergency call, for example.
7. A less dorky version of Google Glass
The gizmo comes with dual "head-mounted displays" for both eyes, while the hardware of Google's invention is seemingly stuffed into the temples of the smart glasses. A small camera protruding from one of the sides is one of the few things, suggesting that this is, in fact, a smart wearable.
via: Latest Patents
1. Augustine (Posts: 676; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Firstly, patent filings do not necessarily reflect what companies are working on. Many technology companies encourage engineers to patent their ideas with the goal of increasing quantity, not quality, of the portfolio, so that it can be used in broad patent agreements with other companies.
Secondly, this list shows a lot of what's wrong with the patent system, especially,but not exclusively, in the US. Most of these filings are variations on existing themes, like rounded squares. Nothing is really being innovated, just slightly rehashed, patented, repeat. As it is, the patent system inhibits true innovation, for small companies may file a truly innovative patent, but, lacking funds to defend it in court, it's the same as not having any patent at all.
In other words, the PTO is merely an enabler of corporatism, a racket to protect corporations from competition and to favor large ones over small ones, or in proportion to their campaign contributions, at the expense of the consumer and citizen.
6. techperson211 (Posts: 510; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Because they want to be ahead of every country in terms if technology. That's one of the reason for this patent B.S.
3. hemedans (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
bending and tilt its not new nokia already has prototype which work well with it.
and its not about launch apps only, you can navigate, zoom in and out
also nokia is the first one to work on solar phone and rumors this year lumia 1525 will have solar screen
4. Slammer (Posts: 979; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
What ever happened to actually working hard to get a possible patent? All I see are drawings. What about working embodiments? Conceptual artistry should be accompanied by a culminated product for demonstration.
5. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
That, and first to build should be brought back. The first to conceptualize has ruined the system as patent trolling companies spring up from that change.