This sensory-aware shoe provides a valuable case study in why mobile manufacturers should tread carefully when venturing beyond their main area of focus.
A newly published patent filling has finally revealed the augmented reality system that landed Magic Leap half a billion dollars in funding from Google. And it’s quite possible the most advanced that we have seen yet.
If not being able to use the touchscreen while talking over the phone seems like an inconvenience, this hybrid between a smartphone and smart glasses that Sony is trying to patent may just the model for you.
Redmond has filed to patent a microphone with an integrated, temper-proof feature extraction chip that filters out private conversations and other sounds that a hacker could potentially intercept.
Surgical robots have grown very sophisticated over recent years, but that functionality comes at the expense of mobility and size. Taiwan’s Hiwin Technologies hopes to sidestep that trade-off with its latest design.
The Korean electronics giant’s defense subsidiary is trying to patent software that could help government agencies spy on you a lot more effectively. And for cheaper, too, thanks to a special bandwidth conservation algorithm.
The unique motion distribution approach in Hitachi’s design addresses two of the biggest challenges holding back bionics from achieving widespread use: weight and cost.
Two pairs of stereo cameras and some nifty software allow this proposed smart necklace from Toyota to help you find your way through a crowded city and spot obstacles such as hazard signs even from significant distances.
There are some cases where creativity can be a lot more important than practicality, but designing consumer gadgets is not one of those cases. LG apparently didn’t get the memo it filed to patent this magnet-powered monstrosity.
It’s the sensory-enhanced industrial automation equivalent of shrink wrap, if shrink wrap was designed to protect people from the electronics inside and not the other way around.