Given the myriad of innovative and enterprising endeavors undertaken by our technologists in every conceivable field, we should certainly feel that it is a wondrously propitious phase for core technological advancement. However, progression of technology is not only defined by the current direction of affairs, but to some degree it is also guided by the potentiality of the future developments. And, this is where the patents enter into the favorable picture, with their all important capacity to be future 'successes'. In this respect, let us tech savvy ones go through a brief and preliminary list of new patents (and applications) that hold the key to next generation technologies.
While, Heads up Display (HUD) do allude to technological advancement, they are certainly not novel. But, this can change with Samsung's touted head mounted display. Whereas, most of the conventional head displays utilize gyroscope or accelerometer for head-tracking, Samsung's technology will utilize the core camera mechanism of a phone for this motion tracking. Based on software, the mechanism will combine the focus of both the phone's sensor and the display to converge upon a background. This could positively accentuate upon the degree of intuitive and accurate motioning.
Many of us are enticed by the scope of surround sound, given its propensity of high quality output. However, to get the full effect of this ambiance oriented set up, the listener has to frustratingly find the right 'sweet' spot in the middle of the enclosed space. But, with Microsoft's 3D audio patent application, this nitpicking will not be required, as the system could provide the nigh perfect output of surround sound at any point inside the room. This improved acoustic continuum has greater implications like enriched experience of multi-player gaming, movie watching or just collective enjoying of music.
Siri was undoubtedly the definitive feature of iPhone 4S. But, Apple wants to kick the notches further up for a more comprehensive utilization of this 'intelligent' voice control system. In their patent application for 2010, the company has envisaged a secondary system that can be controlled by Siri, via a primary smartphone or computer. This intriguing scope basically insinuates the virtual control of any device through your primary 'master' system (which will contain all the required hardware and software).
Strange or groundbreaking? RIM has reportedly filed their eccentric patent of a fuel cell that could power our mobile devices. The paraphernalia of the fuel cell sandwiches are to be located between the keyboard and the printed circuit, while the supply fuel tank is to be housed beneath the circuitry. Now, given the factor of user convenience, the set up might have some activation procedure that can be controlled by the user. However, the process of filling up the fuel tank in itself might be a tad bit difficult.
Giving signatures to those business, insurance and bank papers can really get tiresome after some time. Moreover, the whole scope of secure signatures becomes exceedingly problematic when it comes to the ambit of electronic medium. So, in this respect, Apple has conceived a patent that can readily deliver your true signature to any electronic based format. The solution entails the usage of a special app that can activate an image capturing procedure from your device's camera. For example, if just write your signature on a piece of paper and hold in front of the screen, the device will capture the image, process it and then recognize your signature even during times of future accessing.
Google has reportedly embarked on a project that will allow your smartphone's accelerometer to act 'smartly'. How so? Well, the proposal entails the automatic launching of apps, which would correspond to your previous usage pattern, your current geographical location and even the way you hold your device. This certainly insinuates a greater degree of user-machine interaction. But, how this autonomous scope would fare in practical situations still remains to be seen.
Till now, we have harped about patents that have some form of functionality that can be at least comprehended. However, Sony's peripheral for the Playstation Move controller alludes to the 'arcane' scope of things, with its bizarre shaped handles. Protruding out of a steering wheel like contraption (similar to Nintendo's Wii), the presumable usage of these attached sticks is lost on us. Of course, the possibilities are endless, starting right from motorcycle handle bars to aviation mechanics.
The list gets even more outlandish with Nokia's curiously conceived patent for a vibrating tattoo. Yes, you have read that right; the conception involves a haptic tattoo (utilizing ferromagnetic ink) that transmits 'a perceivable impulse' through a person’s skin when he gets a call, message or even email alert. In fact, the user can even get a variety of customization options through his tattoo, like changing ringtones and music; thus accentuating upon the dynamic essence of interaction.
Dual display concepts are nothing new in the electronic realm. However, Microsoft is looking forth to develop a mobile set up which will have two displays on each side of its facade (i.e., front and rear). The secondary display in question (presumably, in the rear part) will be a low power, e-ink oriented system which would display a different set of info from the main front screen. Moreover, the complimentary mechanism can also continue to exhibit its interface while the phone is in sleep mode.
Medical monitoring systems tend to be on the cumbersome side, when it comes to this applicability. However, Sony plans on crafting a wireless wrist band that can monitor your vitals, heart rate and blood glucose levels. This info can be send to your TV via infrared, which in turn will update it over real time. Moreover, if your TV set has net capability, then this system can also send in emergency messages (obviously, in cases of medical emergency) to your nearby health facility.