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Apple patents a hover touch panel and embedded heart rate monitor

0. phoneArena 24 Dec 2013, 11:16 posted on

We know that we often give the US Patent and Trademark Office a hard time for granting patents for technologies that either 1) have an obvious prior art, or 2) are logical extensions and don't deserve a patent. This time around, we're split, because one new patent granted for Apple - a hover touch panel - looks like a legit patent, but the other - an embedded heart rate monitor - is a bit sketchy...

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posted on 24 Dec 2013, 11:22 2

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Apple is the most innovative company in the world.......... when it comes to generating new types of patents :-p

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 12:33 10

7. ZeroCide (Posts: 777; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Hover gestures are already used by companies like sony and Nokia. Just like apple to take credit and the patent somthing that is not theirs.This patent is a typical broad patent that they will enforce and sue the crap out of everyone! This kind of thing just smothers innovation.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 13:48

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Thank you for pointing that out Zerocide plus for you.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 13:55

13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If it's your idea then you should sue if a competitor tries to copy. How many times have Samsung copied Apple?

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 16:22 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 12216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


About as many times as Apple have copied them. Let me think... what smartphone already has hover gestures...? Hmmmm.

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 10:27

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I remember Sammy trying to sue Apple for FRAND patents. That surely worked out well.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 16:23 1

30. techguymatt (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


iThought of this in 2002... should i sue for inntellectual property lol... +1

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 10:27

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No you didn't

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 07:43

48. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Thats exactly my point they make innovative patents not innovative products. Innovation and apple inc are antonyms lol

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 10:28

51. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The iPhone is innovative. Don't be ignorant.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 13:54 2

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple is the most innovative company in the world either way. You should be thanking them because without the iPhone changing the game you wouldn't have other OEMs releasing devices that people may like but aren't as good or functional as an Apple device.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 14:09 8

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Your knees have got to be sore.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 14:13 2

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


My unfunny joke senses are tingling

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 14:33 1

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Your senses must be off because I wasn't joking. You love everything Apple, we get it. But you gotta ease up a bit dude. You always make it seem as though there was nothing before the iPhone and that we should all sing Apple's praise forever. The iPhone was a good phone, but now its just a relic. It's a nice looking shinning gold relic, but a relic none the less.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 15:04 2

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Called out and now he's backpedaling.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 16:36 3

33. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


What in my reply says I'm backpedaling? Do you even know what it means? If anything I doubled down on my statement.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 21:16

39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You were wrong plain and simple .

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 16:23

29. tedkord (Posts: 12216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So are our unkowledgeable comment senses.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 14:30 1

18. ZeroCide (Posts: 777; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


If by most innovative means most copy and thieft and call it their own... Then yes. The iphone was just well maketed. Windows mobile could do more than the iphone when it launched. Windows mobile was just cluncky and not marketed properly.

There is no innovation in Apple... just alot of copy machines.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 15:06 2

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Android is based on Linux. It borrowed several patented ideas from Microsoft. What's your point?

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 15:18 1

25. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It borrowed. It never STOLE and called it their own .. that's the difference and that's where Apple is unbeatable. Steal, Rehash and call it your own through US Patent Troll's Office.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 15:51 1

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's only the same group of iTrolls and Android junkies who accuse apple of stealing. Yet I don't see you accusing Samsung of stealing. They certainly did not become big off innovation .

Android stole a lot of ideas from Linux along with some other tech places.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 17:23

34. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


http://youtu.be/CW0DUg63lqU

Just thought you might want to see this... Or can you not handle the truth? (here's a clue, they ALL steal. Including Apple and Google.)

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 21:17

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Actually I think it's you who can't handle the truth.

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 04:18

47. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The words are coming directly from your God's own mouth, and still you can't admit what he says in the video. Yet I can't handle the truth. Man you are so far gone, it's hilarious!

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 10:29

52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So that's like when Google bought android? We all know google didn't come up with anything except search.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 21:33

42. tedkord (Posts: 12216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


First, Android did not steal anything from Linux. Android is Linux. And Linux is open source. You can't steal what is freely given.

But the point is, Apple steals as much as anyone. That's how tech progresses - you build on existing ideas. Literally not a single new feature in iOS 7 is original. They're all copied from others.

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 10:31

53. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And neither is the latest features in android. You're mad because Apple knows how to keep it simple and that basically gives them a head up against their inferior competition.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 16:26 1

31. tedkord (Posts: 12216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The GUI. Grids of icons. Drop down notification shade. Slide to unlock. All of Samsung's 3g IP. Now hover gestures. I think hypocrisy was his point.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 21:18

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14174; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


His point fell faster than a balloon filled with lead.

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