Intel wants to automate 3D printing

Intel wants to automate 3D printing

Like many other leading tech firms, Intel regularly ventures outside its comfort zone in pursuit of new revenue opportunities. The chip maker maintains a dedicated investment fund for backing startups in promising markets, while its engineering division usually runs at least several projects that fall under Google’s definition of a moonshot. One such initiative appears…

The HoloLens could receive a major cloud-powered boost

The HoloLens could receive a major cloud-powered boost

To achieve mass-market appeal, an augmented reality headset must be compact and light enough for regular use, which limits the amount of hardware that can fit inside. It’s a restriction that often makes it difficult to perform the complex rendering involved in generating 3D content. Microsoft, however, isn’t about to let that get in the…

Is LG looking to enter the drone market?

Is LG looking to enter the drone market?

Last November, LG surprised South Korean television viewers with an ad for a digitally-rendered “Drone Phone” that was shown to fly around and take photos from the air. Commentators interpreted the video as little more than a clever marketing stunt, but based on one of the company’s latest patent filings, its interest in the drone…

Dell's predictive maintenance plans

Dell's predictive maintenance plans

In the world’s most sophisticated plants and shipyards, maintenance operations are carried out much differently than they once were. Technicians rely on data from sensors embedded within production equipment to predict rather than troubleshoot issues before they have a chance to cause harm. It’s an approach that Dell believes could be beneficial in other, more…

Samsung has a new vision for bendable touch devices

Samsung has a new vision for bendable touch devices

In 2011, Samsung captured consumers’ imagination with an experimental screen that could be bent at will without hurting the display quality. Six years and hundreds of patent applications later, the South Korean mobile giant has reportedly reached a point where it’s all but ready to bring the technology to market. The question that now occupies…

Fujitsu’s quest to improve public Wi-Fi networks

Fujitsu’s quest to improve public Wi-Fi networks

While it focuses mainly on enterprise technology and semiconductors nowadays, Fujitsu still has a big role in the consumer electronics world as an upstream supplier. It even makes the occasional attempt to directly tackle a trend or problem affecting people’s day-to-day interactions with technology. According to one of the company’s newest patent filings, the current…

Microsoft wants to redefine the tablet experience

Microsoft wants to redefine the tablet experience

Microsoft now makes nearly $1 billion per quarter from Surface devices according to its latest earnings report, but this figure still represents only a small portion of the overall mobile market. One of the ways the company has been trying to secure a bigger share of the pie is by offering up various value-added software…

Next on Google's agenda: Industrial robots

Next on Google's agenda: Industrial robots

The robotics industry has emerged as a key focus area for Google in recent years. The company’s Boston Dynamics subsidiary recently unveiled a four-legged walker that can independently navigate around a house, while its artificial intelligence researchers are working to improve the finesse of mechanical limbs. And now a new patent application indicates that yet…

Samsung is working on a biometric earpiece

Samsung is working on a biometric earpiece

While the wearable industry has its attention turned towards Apple’s recently unveiled AirPods, rival Samsung is quietly developing a wireless earpiece of its own. The new patent application in which the device is detailed indicates that it will not only be able to play music and take calls but also monitor the user’s vital signs in…

Apple takes aim at the medical device industry

Apple takes aim at the medical device industry

The medical device market presents a ripe expansion opportunity for smartphone makers. They are used to designing hardware under strict size constraints, have plenty of experience working with biometric sensors and run some of the most cost-efficient manufacturing supply chains on the planet. So it shouldn’t come as a too big of a surprise that…

Akamai and Limelight settle their decade-long patent dispute

Akamai and Limelight settle their decade-long patent dispute

In the late 1990s, when the Internet was only starting to go global, two engineers from MIT figured out a way to make the expansion much smoother. They proposed that websites should store text, images and other static content in multiple data centers around the world to reduce the distance that international browser requests must…

IBM wants to use hacker tactics for desktop security

IBM wants to use hacker tactics for desktop security

The world of enterprise cybersecurity is in flux. Traditional antivirus software and firewalls are being replaced with a new generation of security tools that use artificial intelligence to look for malicious behavior. One of the vendors leading the transition is IBM Corp., which is churning out one patent after another as its engineers push the…

How open patents are driving electric vehicle adoption

How open patents are driving electric vehicle adoption

The usefulness of patents extends far beyond the courtroom. They can put a company in a better position to negotiate with investors and buyers, generate new revenue streams and even serve as a tool for encouraging market growth. The latter strategy is proving to be particularly popular in budding industries like the electric vehicle sector.…