Inside Autodesk's 3D printer plans

When Autodesk debuted its first 3D printer earlier this year and released the blueprints for free, the move was seen as little more than a sophisticated attempt at raising awareness about the likewise open-source modelling software it introduced for makers in conjunction. But in retrospect, the launch marked the first act in a far more…

The South Korean government is a patent troll

Browse the US Patent and Trademark Office’s online database long enough and you’re bound to come across the vague filings assigned to even more vaguely-named entities that provide the fodder for the intellectual property battles keeping the tech industry up at night. But one of the latest additions to that dishonorable pile deserves some special…

This two-armed lab bot may one day do your blood work

The next arena where robots could soon start replacing humans is the laboratory, and the newest creation of Japan’s Yaskawa Electric Corporation will be leading the charge. The two-limbed automaton revealed in its latest patent filing has been specifically engineered to work with samples that are too risky for its biological colleagues to handle. The…

Nvidia’s upcoming VR headset revealed

Nvidia’s upcoming VR headset revealed

Rumors have been swirling about Nvidia’s planned entry into virtual reality for months,  but the existence of the project is still the only detail known to the general public. Or at least it was right up until about a week ago, when the patent filing for the system reached its mandatory disclosure date. Meet the…

Dell is working on a dual-screen tablet

The more the better is Dell’s mantra with the tablet revealed in a recent patent filling published as part of its latest monthly batch, which consists of two separate displays joined by a vertical hinge. The specifications suggest that it could be one of the most ambitious revivals of the dual-screen approach since the 2012-vintage Sony Tablet P. The…

Microsoft’s HoloLens will closely guard your privacy

It can sometimes seem as if the more entwined technology grows with our lives, the less privacy  is left, a cycle Microsoft now hopes to break with its HoloLens. One of the newest patent fillings to have come out of its augmented reality unit reveals that the forthcoming headset will feature a special mechanism designed to prevent software from directly accessing…

Asus is building a GPS wristband

Asus has discovered a new application for wearables that could potentially come tremendously handy for travelers and joggers alike. The concept wristband revealed in a patent filing from last month promises to provide a smaller and more convenient alternative to the navigator in your car. Installed under the display is a gravity sensor used to…