Amazon's Jeff Bezos files patent for cloud-powered tablets

Amazon's Jeff Bezos files patent for cloud-powered tablets
Amazon has been on a mission to offer the least expensive tablets and e-readers that it can. The Kindle Fire kicked off the trend of $200 7" tablets, and the Kindle e-reader has dropped to just $69 for the basic model. It looks like Amazon's Jeff Bezos is looking to make even less expensive tablets by shifting the processing power to the cloud, according to a newly filed patent.

The idea in the patent is to offer a tablet with a very basic processor, and a smaller internal battery that would function more like a "remote display". The major processing power would be shifted to the cloud, and these "remote displays" would be able to be made much thinner and lighter, because they wouldn't need such powerful internals. 

The patent also has some very interesting additional functionality, including touchless gesture control. But, the most interesting is a touch-sensitive back panel that would measure the size of the hand using the device, and use that to detect when a child is using the device and enable parental controls and lock down purchasing content. 

source: USPTO via Ars Technica

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5 Comments

1. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

This sounds like a awsome concept, look at amazon, all innovative. Lets see how long it takes to see a prototype of this.

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Ignoring the fact that this tablet is charged in the middle of nowhere wirelessly, and the decades of prior art of the thin client... Yeah, great. Better read up on the Ars comment section about how stupid this patent is http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/03/jeff-bezos-new-patent-envisions-tablets-without-processors-batteries/?comments=1

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I sensed a little hint of being a little rude, but I'll ignore that. Prior art is basically worthless now with the new bill that was passed recently.

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

No it isn't. What changed was first to file vs. first to invent. Prior art still matters as it always has. It's a big misconception propagated right here on this site, and also was cleared up in their article a day later. It's patents like this that shows how utterly fucked up the system is.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Kudos to Amazon because this is actually pretty magnificent in my book.

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