patents

Inspired by Microsoft, Apple applies for a Surface-style keyboard patent

Inspired by Microsoft, Apple applies for a Surface-style keyboard patent

Michael Archambault 201

Apple likes to create stunningly beautiful technology, but sometimes it may appear that they are simply imitating others and slapping on the word “Magic” or “Super” to create unique branding. This situation may be the case with a very Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover that Apple is trying to patent. We say 'trying' because Apple is only applying for the patent, but they have not...

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft finally receives a design patent for Windows 8 Start Screen

Michael Archambault 71

Technology moves fast, but the United States government isn’t exactly as quick. Microsoft had originally filed a patent for the Windows 8 start screen in September 2011 (there was some initial confusion at the time on what it meant). The first release of Windows 8 was on October 25, 2012, so in essence, the patent was filled over a year before the operating system appeared on the market...

Microsoft patents "Touch-Aware Skin" - wants to make tablets aware of how you hold them

Microsoft patents "Touch-Aware Skin" - wants to make tablets aware of how you hold them

Michael Archambault 22

Microsoft wants to know where your hands are at all times, and has filed a patent to do so. A new patent filed by the Redmond based company depicts a device that is able to sense a person’s grip on the border of a tablet. The patent itself shows “Skin Sensors” embedded around the entire screen border and filed under what Microsoft is calling “Touch-Aware Skin”. The patent itself,...

Nokia looking to patent a modular, wearable smartwatch with multiple displays [Updated, Video]

Nokia looking to patent a modular, wearable smartwatch with multiple displays [Updated, Video]

Rich Edmonds 81

Smartwatches (or rather, wearable gadgets) have become the new thing to own. From Fitbit to Google Glass, to Samsung's Galaxy Gear, companies are also looking at ways to improve the watch. Numerous smartwatch concepts have popped up across the web, but now Nokia is looking to get in with all the action. An application from Nokia to the Patent and Trademark Office has been spotted, with...

A search on Nokia's website seemingly confirms '2520' for their upcoming tablet

A search on Nokia's website seemingly confirms '2520' for their upcoming tablet

Daniel Rubino 41

File this one under mildly interesting, but if you head to Nokia’s website and type in ‘2520’ the results reveal a new FAQ section entitled ‘What is a tablet?’. Clicking the link though doesn’t reveal much except a generic placeholder quote stating “The tablet lets you access internet, see movies and listen to music.” Of course, Nokia has had a tablet-like device in the past, namely the...

With the Nokia deal, Microsoft become a juggernaut in patents for smart devices

With the Nokia deal, Microsoft become a juggernaut in patents for smart devices

Daniel Rubino 200

We’re still going through all the details of the recently announced Nokia acquisition by Microsoft and are getting a clearer understanding of all the implications of the transaction. Needless to say, Microsoft is going to come out ahead of this deal and it will be something for its competitors to take note in the morning. The biggest impact is of course Nokia’s favored patent portfolio...

Microsoft patents transparent laptop display with the ability to project holograms

Microsoft patents transparent laptop display with the ability to project holograms

Michael Archambault 38

Microsoft seems to be on the roll with futuristic patents lately. In addition to the augmented reality gaming glasses that were filed by the company, another patent has come to light for a laptop with a transparent display. According to the patent, a small projector attached to the base of the unit would be able to display floating 3D images in midair. These images would appear as...

Microsoft wants consumers to control the camera by voice, according to filed patent

Microsoft wants consumers to control the camera by voice, according to filed patent

Rich Edmonds 68

It has been revealed that Microsoft has delved into voice-controlled camera technology. The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application filed by the company, which would introduce speech commands for camera operation on a smartphone. Just when you thought the handsfree approach couldn't go any more... well... handsfree. Microsoft has been attempting to head down...