Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously, according to the patent description.Photograph: United States Patent and Trademark OfficeGoogle has patented a new sticky technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company s self-driving cars.The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is flung into other vehicles or scenery.This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.Car companies have already taken steps to protect pedestrians from impact.However, the patent observes, existing technology found in production vehicles does little to mitigate the secondary impact a pedestrian may experience .
Netflix really wants to show you how fast or slow your Internet connection is, and to do so it has launched a new website at Fast.com that conveys the real-time speed of your connection to the Web — it s designed to give people greater insight and control of their Internet service.It looks like Netflix procured the Fast.com domain last month and, according to a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO , it s in the midst of trademarking the Fast logo.It works globally, on mobile Internet or domestic broadband, and it displays the speed of your connection, in megabits-per-second, at any given moment.The launch comes just a few weeks after Netflix introduced new cellular data controls to let users tweak the quality of their video streams, so that those on patchier connections can select lower-quality streams.Fast.com does seem like a random product on the surface, especially given the myriad of existing speed-test tools online, but Netflix wanted something of its own, that works in real-time, and which is devoid of any annoying distractions such as ads and other bells-and-whistles.Netflix s new speedtest tool actually links directly to Speedtest.net to allow you to compare the results and we can confirm they are accurate .We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider,  said David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture at Netflix, in a blog post.Using Netflix servers, fast.com works like other globally available tools including speedtest.net, and the results should be similar in most cases.
Image copyright Google/United States Patent and Trademark Office Image caption Struck pedestrians would be glued to the carGoogle has patented a sticky coating for driverless cars that could reduce damage done to pedestrians in the event of a collision.One transport safety professor said the concept could reduce injuries sustained in a pedestrian collision."It does have some merit to it," said Andrew Morris, Professor of Human Factors in Transport Safety at Loughborough University.Google's patent explained that the adhesive layer would be hidden under a protective coating, to ensure it did not gather debris during journeys.While there have been some minor collisions along the way, the most serious involving a bus, the company's monthly reports suggest a majority of incidents are the fault of human drivers in other vehicles."It will obviously need to be developed and tested to ensure that it works reliably and doesn't cause any unintended consequences."
Airbus is trying take high speed helicopters to whole new level.Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved an application last month from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound helicopter.The patented design is a yet-unnamed development of the company's revolutionary X3 experimental helicopter that first flew in 2010.The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' formerly known as Eurocopter high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter H3 initiative.During testing, the X3 managed to reach to 293 mph — making it the fastest non-tilt-rotor helicopter in the world.The new patent offers a development on the original X3 design.What makes the new aircraft a compound helicopter are is pair of wing-mounted engines with pusher propellers in addition to the conventional main rotor.This design eliminates the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque of the main rotor.A helicopter with additional pusher or puller propellers is far from new and various versions have been flying for decades.However, a helicopter with this layout and such high performance is quite novel.This means the patented helicopter will likely be significantly faster than the record-setting X3.This new patent could also be the latest development of the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor-Craft or LifeRCraft to which Airbus Helicopters hinted in 2014.It is unclear if the patented compound helicopter will ever see production in its current guise.Here's a video about the new patent courtesy of PatentYogi:NOW WATCH: These are the best, highest-paying companies in AmericaLoading video...
In the patent, published by the the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO , Google said that if the car is able to hold the pedestrian and slow down, it will reduce the amount of damage to both parties.Google uses an adhesive coating on the bonnet to make the human stick, which wears off once the car slows down.Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously, said Google in the patent application.This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.As such, both the vehicle and pedestrian may come to a more gradual stop than if the pedestrian bounces off the vehicle.Most have been human drivers fault, though one video shows the Google car definitely in the wrong, crashing into the side of a moving bus.
What it can do, what it can't do, and what we're going to expect it to do now that Apple has finally presented a stylus of their own.Samsung far and away beats the rest of the smartphone-with-pen smartphone universe with their all-in-one solution.The United States Patent and Trademark Office has posted a Patent Application for a "Stylus with Inertial Sensor" applied for by Apple.This Apple patent introduces so many different ways to use the stylus, it's hard to imagine the device failing to bring about a whole new category of apps for whatever devices it works with.Not yet, anyway.At that point, Samsung would create a secondary stylus - perhaps one called the X Pen - which does the lot.
When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office heard President Obama s call to provide the public with transparency and open government, I wasn t exactly sure how one of the country s oldest federal agencies would be able to respond.I challenged a small internal team to act like a start-up and develop some new ideas on how to use the vast reserves of data the USPTO gathers to help solve some of the agency s age old challenges.I m thrilled to say this month we made a great leap into exposing the world to this wealth of information when we launched the USPTO s new Developer Hub.This sharing and feedback loop allow the community and the USPTO to extract new value from our data reserves, allowing all players in the innovation ecosystem to have better information to make smarter decisions.This speaks highly to the United States being the best place for global innovators to register their patents.This is just a glimpse into the data on our new platform, but it s easy to see how it could help us make even better data-driven policy decisions that could have even greater impacts on society.
Apple is rumored to be creating an Amazon Echo-like device that will go beyond recognizing your voice - it'll recognize your face, as well.The base device would not be unlike what Google just revealed at Google I/O this past week - save the ability to see you.It's been suggested by anonymous sources that Apple is testing this device's ability to recognize your face for a variety of functions - one of which would almost certainly be logging in to the system in the first place.It is certainly something the company is internally considering as this patent application indicates - see this USPTO listing for details.It's important to take note that this patent application was filed for on top of US Provisional Application No 61/009,888, filed all the way back in January of 2008 - less than a year after the original iPhone was introduced.But it's fun to consider Apple's take on Echo - especially one integrated with the abilities we've seen with Microsoft's Kinect.
We've seen what it can do, but there's just one problem: We have no idea what its headset looks like.On Tuesday, we thought we got the first glimpse at Magic Leap's hardware.Just a day prior, a new design patent had been published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office — it looks like this:That was spotted by Quartz.But as it turns out, the images in the patent are "not at all representative of what our product will look like," according to Magic Leap's VP of public relations, Andy Fouché.Fouché provided the following statement to Tech Insider regarding the patent's images:This is part of our R and experience validation, and is not at all representative of what our product will look like.Pretty definitive.Unfortunately, there's still no indication of when Magic Leap plans on releasing its hardware to the public, or what it looks like, or how it will work, or... really anything beyond effusive praise from the handful of folks who've tried it and are allowed to speak about their experience.We tried asking Fouché for a description of the headset, of course, and were shot down.He instead pointed to one of the two pieces where a journalist tried a prototype — in speaking with the MIT Tech Review, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz described the company's final product as "a glasses-like wearable device.More from Tech Insider:HBO just released 5 new photos from the next episode of 'Game of Thrones'This mind-blowing infographic shows the incredible depth of the earth's oceansThis gorgeous new game lets you hack anything in a massive re-creation of San FranciscoThe iPhone is the perfect metaphor for this ongoing ecological disasterYou may need to change your Facebook or Netflix password — but not because they were hacked FB, NFLX NOW WATCH: Everything we know about the iPhone 7Loading video...
Unlike most of the VR and AR headsets we've seen, the filing posted on the US Patent and Trademark Office shows a device that looks more like a helmet than a pair of goggles.The patent was filed with the USPTO on May 14 2015 and approved yesterday, June 7.Given Magic Leap's super-secretive nature, it's a particular exciting find for tech enthusiasts: we know the company is busy working on various bits of augmented and virtual reality technology, which we've garnered from various video demoes it's uploaded to YouTube and elsewhere.Evidence of hardware, however, remains tantalisingly scarce.At the same time, Andy Fouche, Magic Leap's vice president of public relations, was quick to point out to Mashable that the patent drawings look "not at all what our final product will look like," plunging its VR headset back into mystery.And, given the enthusiastic backing from the likes of Google, Alibaba and Warner Bros, Magic Leap's clearly doing something we should be keeping an eye out for.
Magic Leap may still keep its cards close to the chest, but we've finally caught another slight glimpse at what the elusive startup has up its sleeve.An application filed by the company to the US Patent and Trademark Office shows design renderings for what could be Magic Leap's augmented reality display - a headset granting users computer-overlaid graphics, as teased two months ago during the company's "A New Morning" demonstration.The designs shown in the patent feature an over-the-head enclosure that covers the eyes, giving off what we can only describe as a "near-future security guard from Mirror's Edge" kind of look.Image Credit: USPTOWhile the product is going through patent approval, Magic Leap's current concept is far from what the consumer version of the headset will look like.That said, any details are a revelation when discussing a company as tight-lipped as Magic Leap, so we'll take what we can get.From there, we can begin solving the myriad of remaining mysteries surrounding the device, such as how its unique style of projecting holograms to the human eye works in the first place.
The logo for AT s new loyalty program AT ThanksBack in 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Citigroup a patent for thankyou, which the company uses for credit card services.Today the company is suing AT over its own use of the terms thanks and thanks AT Check the date, because this isn t April Fool s.Earlier this month AT announced a new rewards program called Thanks AT which provides customers things like 2-for-1 movie tickets.This didn t go over well with Citi s lawyers since Citi has its own rewards program called ThankYou Citi.As further evidence that our intellectual property laws are one giant joke, not only did the Trademark Office give Citi an exclusive commercial right to use one of the most common phrases in the English language for credit cards, now Citi thinks that it can go after another company for using the phrase in a similar way.The suit seeks to stop AT from using the term thanks AT and thanks in their marketing.If you still can t believe that Citigroup was granted a trademark for Thankyou I couldn t either , I ve included a screenshot from the US Patent and Trademark Office below.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f117532%2fcurve-headApple was granted a patent Tuesday for a device with a curved, wraparound glass display, and it looks a lot like an iPhone.In the patent, Apple describes how most electronic devices don't utilize the surfaces on their sides and backs, aside from buttons with fixed functionalities.Image: apple/united States patent and trademark officeApple's patent also showed other examples of what the device could look like, including a design that is much more circular.The Galaxy Note Edge and many of the following Samsung phones have screens that slope down at the edges, although those curves haven't been utilized like the curves Apple describes in its patent, and those phones still have buttons on the sides.Because the patents were only just granted in June, don't expect the new iPhone 7 to look like this when it's inevitably unveiled in September.Like many patents, this one might never come to fruition.
For many decades, the U.S. patent system has carried a reputation as a global benchmark of prestige and technological success.Our intellectual property protections provide economic security by safeguarding investments from the proof of concept phase forward, sometimes leading to ground-breaking innovation.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office PTO has been working hard to ensure our intellectual property IP system operates toward a 21st century agile model, following and leading into the enactment of the American Invents Act AIA .When design patent protections were first devised, more than 100 years ago, they were typically issued to protect entire objects or products from copying, wherein copyright law was not applicable, as utilitarian functionality is a premise for protection.RPI licensed its utility patent for user interfaces that recognize natural language to a company called Dynamic Advances, which some consider to be a troll.The ambiguity for design patent infringement remedies can also impact innovators ability to secure funding for research and development that s often necessary to potentially offer the next big thing or become the next American success story, like Facebook, Uber or Donald J. Trump Collection clothing — all of which contribute to the economy and provide thousands of jobs to Americans, or the Chinese in the Trump example.
Apple is always inventing new stuff.Just this past year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has published thousands of patents that Apple has both applied for and been granted.In 2015 alone, it was granted 1,938 patents.Of course, a patent never guarantees a product — often, published patents or applications are merely proof that a company has investigated an idea.But looking at Apple patents can be a fun way to look at what the company is working on in its Cupertino labs, and also imagine what an Apple-driven future could look like.Here are some of the most interesting Apple patents from the past year:  View As: One PageSlides
Software and tech companies might have just scored a victory in their almost never ending battle against patent trolls and their often frivolous patent claims.The US Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that upheld a new government process that allowed challenges to the validity of patents to be held before the Patent and Trademark Office PTO instead of a federal court, significantly cutting down on trial costs.The process has been largely hailed by companies like Google and Apple in aiding them in fending off patent trolls.A few years back, such businesses have been enjoying popularity and revenue in suing even giant tech companies over patents that would sometimes be deemed invalid later on.Previously, Cuozzo lost a patent case against navigation company Garmin, whom it accused of infringing on its patent for alerting drivers when they have exceed a speed limit.Those "strong" patent obstacles have been traditionally used pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to actually fend off frivolous patent lawsuits, considering the amount of work and money needed to get those usually million dollar patents invalidated.
Its smallest robot yet, the SpotMini is a miniature version of Spot, a four-legged robotic dog that can stay on its feet when kicked by a human.In its latest video, Boston Dynamics shows SpotMini loading the dishwasher, delivering a can of coke to its owner and putting it in the bin, and running on grass.Small household obstacles don't deter it either - when it slips over on a pile of bananas it can use its giraffe-like neck to pivot itself back up again.Last year Google was awarded a patent for a system that would enable the user to allocate tasks to "a plurality of robotic devices" via the cloud, giving rise to speculation that the company is building a robot army.In a patent registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Google describes how a "computing component" such as a PC or mobile phone could communicate with robots over a network to allocate tasks and receive information.10 ways humans are still superior to robots View Story
The Korea-based electronics manufacturer recently filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO for Samsung Ahead, a headset described as a wearable computer built in the shape of a helmet.In 2013, gadget blogger Eldar Murtazin reported that the company was actively developing a head-mounted display similar to Google Glass, and that it would debut under a new Gear Glass brand in March or May of that year.And in 2014, a rumor suggested that Samsung would unveil a Gear Glass headset — one running the company s Tizen operating system, according to Business Korea — at IFA in September alongside its then-flagship handset, Galaxy Note 4.On the other hand, the landscape has changed quite a bit since Google ceased public sales of Glass.The company is reportedly testing a revamped headset, a so-called Glass enterprise edition, with an upgraded screen and processor, folding hinge, waterproof design, faster Wi-Fi, and a snap-on battery pack.If Ahead indeed exists in hardware form, corporate applications could be the key to its success.
A new trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO , discovered by SamMobile, suggests Samsung could be working on some kind of smart helmet.According to the April 25 filing, the trademark is for a "wearable telecommunication machines sic and implements in the shape of a helmet namely mobile phones, smartphones and cellphones."It's an "audio and visual apparatus" that includes "MP3 player functions... MP4... ear phones... digital camera... camcorders... wearable computer...."Just what is Samsung's cooking up?And with Gear VR making real inroads with customers, Samsung would be foolish to try to resurrect a wearable headset people already associate with tech douchebaggery.The other option, a stretch as it may be, is more logical and relevant.As always, a trademark or patent filing doesn't confirm any products that will launch in the future, but at the very least, it tickles our fantasies for a world inspired by the technologies seen in science fiction films.
Apple has been granted a patent for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts.The patent describes a smartphone camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters in public places.The handset could then offer on-screen information or disable the camera functionality to stop pictures being taken.One technology journalist said the technology could frustrate consumers.Image copyright APple/United States Patent and Trademark Office Image caption The patent drawing shows an old version of Apple's smartphone"It could harm Apple in the eyes of some people," said Stuart Miles, founder of gadget site Pocket Lint.
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