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…

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…

Meet Sony’s upcoming biometric lifelog

Meet Sony’s upcoming biometric lifelog

In an industry where product leaks are a practically weekly occurrence, the fact that Sony managed to keep a lid on the features of its upcoming LifeLog Camera for nearly two years since the initial prototype was revealed to the public constitutes quite a feat. But regulatory disclosure requirements catch up to even the most…

Wearing a smartwatch could one day save your life

Wearing a smartwatch could one day save your life

It appears that the vehicle-integrated smartwatch LG and Audi previewed at CES earlier this year is much more than the novelty driving accessory it has been made out to be. The South Korean electronics giant is seeking intellectual property protections for a new piece of homegrown software that can detect when an accident occurs and…

Sony is developing an augmented reality headset for surgeons

Sony is developing an augmented reality headset for surgeons

It appears that Sony’s interest in augmented reality is no longer limited to gaming. A Japanese intellectual property registration request that found its way its way into the public records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week reveals that the electronics giant has quietly designed a specialized head-mounted display designed to help surgeons…

Microsoft has found a way to halve the size of mobile cameras

Microsoft has found a way to halve the size of mobile cameras

Microsoft’s mobile engineers appear to be paying close attention to the work of their peers over at its application development business. In that world, if a certain component is used multiple times throughout a project, you simply split it off into a standalone library that is shared among the other program files to avoid burdening…

Qualcomm has designed a touch sensor for holographic phones

Qualcomm has designed a touch sensor for holographic phones

One of the best measures of a trend’s progress in the consumer electronics world is the reaction of the component suppliers. If the suppliers start taking concrete steps towards addressing it, then they anticipate demand from their manufacturing clients, who in turn must be anticipating demand from consumers. That’s why it’s such an encouraging sign that…