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Computing

Nvidia’s ‘infinite resolution’ patent could change gaming forever

Nvidia filed a patent for a technology that could alter the way PC games look and perform. Nvidia calls it "infinite resolution" and it's effectively a clever way of using vector graphics to replace static textures in games.
Emerging Tech

Amazon delivery drone may use lights and music when it shows up at your home

Amazon noted in its latest patent that its customers "may be alarmed or confused" when one of its noisy delivery drones approaches their property. With that in mind, it's come up with a few possible solutions.
Cars

Ford tries to patent a car with autonomous electric motorcycle built in

Ford applied for a patent for an unexpected design, a car with an integrated electric-powered motorcycle. Ford's design lets the driver park the car outside the city and take the EV bike to their final destination.
Computing

Oculus wants to stretch your skin to see what it feels like to be human

In patents filings made public this week, Oculus describes a couple different technologies that could make its virtual reality even more immersive. The patent filings describe simulating touch with a "skin stretch" instrument
Mobile

Latest Apple patents hint at souped-up Apple Pencil that can measure 3D objects

Apple has been awarded new patents that hint at a seriously upgraded Apple Pencil. There are two patents in total, one relating to a modular Apple Pencil, and the other to using the stylus to measure 3D objects.
Computing

Apple files patent for a crumb-resistant MacBook keyboard

According to a patent application made public on Thursday, Apple could be developing a new MacBook keyboard designed to prevent crumbs and dust from getting those super-shallow MacBook keys stuck. 
Computing

Latest Microsoft patent hints at mobile device with hardware laptop mode

The most recent Microsoft patent filing indicates that it could be working on a Surface Phone device with a hardware-based laptop mode which, along with Project Andromeda, would create a unique mobile device.
Computing

Patent filings suggest Microsoft could be gearing up for a Surface Pen revamp

The trusty Surface Pen is overdue for an update, and it looks like Microsoft knows that. We got a look at the latest in a series of recent patent filings for upcoming Surface Pen features.
Mobile

Apple’s latest patents hint at sleep tracker and continued work on AR

Apple has been awarded a series of five patents this week, including one that hints at the company's work on sleep tracking, and an update to its efforts in augmented reality, among others.
Emerging Tech

Amazon’s delivery drones could hitch rides on trucks to save power

Amazon is serious about its Prime Air drone delivery plan, and has a busy R&D team working on the project. Its latest idea may seem a little puzzling, however, as it describes allowing drones to hitch rides on trucks.
Gaming

Playstation VR could improve with new motion controller patents from Sony

There is one factor that holds PlayStation VR back from achieving more: The Move controllers. If two patents filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment are anything to go by, a new motion controller could be on its way.
Photography

Canon filed more than 3,000 patents in 2017, keeping up a 32-year streak

Canon patents that were approved in the U.S. last year averaged roughly nine patent applications every day, topping over 3,000. That's the 32nd year in a row that the company has made the top five.
Mobile

Apple’s digital assistant Siri could soon be whispering sweet nothings to you

There may be times, such as when you're out and about, when you'd prefer Siri to whisper its response, allowing for more discreet exchanges. Well, it seems Apple is looking into the idea.
Cars

Using drones to charge your EV while you’re driving is Amazon’s latest idea

You're driving along in your EV and you notice it's low on power, so you summon a drone for a top up. That's the idea outlined in Amazon's latest patent, granted by the USPTO earlier this month.
Emerging Tech

Walmart, like Amazon, is pondering a floating warehouse for drone deliveries

Sounding no less wacky than when it was suggested by Amazon, rival Walmart is considering building a giant floating warehouse from which its drones can make deliveries to customers.
Emerging Tech

‘Delivery chutes’ are Amazon’s latest idea for its drone delivery service

Amazon's latest patent for its proposed drone delivery service examines the idea of delivering packages down a chute. This would allow the drone to stay safely in the air while helping to cut down on noise levels.
Cars

Toyota patents a device that could make car pillars transparent

Toyota patented a system that uses mirrors to let drivers see around car roof pillars, effectively rendering them "invisible." It could be exactly what modern cars need, but will it go into production?
Cars

Waymo’s cars could soften prior to impact to help protect pedestrians

Self-driving car developer Waymo realizes that in some cases, collisions may be unavoidable. That's why it's exploring the idea of a car exterior that instantly and automatically softens when it collides with a pedestrian.