Posted on January 26, 2012 in Grids, Networks by dulce303
IBM may be the king of patents, and Apple’s patent applications grace these pages rather frequently, but Microsoft’s not one to rest on its IP laurels, either. A couple of newly published patents out of Redmond have made their way to the web: one for securely pairing wireless devices and one for 3D rangefinder camera technology. The pairing tech works via a direct connection between devices using Bluetooth or WiFi and an automated, two-step authentication process. First, a request is sent by an initiating handset and is authenticated by its target using an address book of recognized devices. Next, the two devices exchange encrypted security keys to cement their digital friendship, leaving you free to exchange your favorite episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 or latest LOLcat pictures with the greatest of ease.
Microsoft’s other patent of interest is for “a 3D camera for determining distances to regions in a scene.” That’s not a new concept by any means, but this new bit of IP integrates all the functions of such an imager on a single chip. Essentially, it claims an image sensor, a light source to illuminate the scene being shot and a controller to gate the pixels on the sensor on and off and correct for inaccuracies caused by other light sources. It works by projecting the light source and determining the distance to various points based upon the time it takes for the light to bounce off the target and reach the camera sensor. Want to know more? You can haz all the patent particulars at the source links below.
Microsoft patents method for secure pairing of devices wirelessly and a 3D rangefinder camera originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
WMPoweruser, Microsoft News
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Posted on January 18, 2012 in Origins by dulce303
Kodak’s been in a bit of a financial bind lately, and has been exploring various options to maximize profitability and get its balance sheet back in the black. After recently filing actions against Apple and HTC in the International Trade Commission, Kodak’s legal team now has Samsung in its sights. According to a press release, Kodak has filed a federal suit in the Western District of New York alleging that several Sammy slates are infringing five of Kodak’s digital imaging patents. The patents in question claim various image capture and transmission technologies, from taking and sending images via email to transferring digital pictures over a cellular network. We haven’t gotten a peek at the complaint just yet to see which devices allegedly run afoul of Kodak’s IP, but you can find the five patents in question in the PR after the break.
Continue reading Kodak says smile Samsung, you’re being sued for infringing five digital imaging patents
Kodak says smile Samsung, you’re being sued for infringing five digital imaging patents originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Posted on January 17, 2012 in Grids, Immersive, Mixed Reality, Networks, Uncategorized by dulce303
There’s a huge problem with working out that has yet to be solved: when, precisely, do our workout clothes become too worn to wear anymore? Apple knows we can’t be wasting endless minutes looking for holes and tears in our shirts and pants, so it’s just obtained a method patent to let you know when your gear is past its prime. The patent claims sensor-equipped garments that can track how you use them, report that info back to a central database and alert you when the clothing has reached “its expected useful lifetime.” (Read: it’s time to buy some new, undoubtedly more expensive gym clothes.) This latest bit of IP doesn’t just cover clothing either, Cupertino’s claiming the same method for running shoes, too. The footwear bit also provides real-time feedback that compares your current running style to an established profile to keep your workouts consistent — useful feature, that, though we can’t imagine such iShoes would make the folks in Niketown too happy. We’re not sure how Apple aims to make the needed wearables equipped with embedded electronics, but we can offer you plenty of typically broad patent legalese explaining the system that’ll get you buying them at the source below.
Apple patents clothes that track how you wear them, tell you when it’s time to update your wardrobe originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple Patent Blog
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