Apple's newly awarded U.S. Patent 7,966,578 is blowing up all over the news on the premise that it could in theory block the sales of all multitouch devices or force rivals to pay up licensing fees, but since the description for the patent is so broad, it might end up getting tossed out in court for restricting innovation.
Sony's Wii Remote clone, the PlayStation Move is lots of fun for playing ping pong in Sports Champions, but is the company really toying with the idea of using motion control wands on the PlayStation Portable or upcoming NGP? A recently uncovered Sony patent seems to suggest it at least considered doing just that at one time.
Today's Google Doodle celebrates famed magician, Harry Houdini's would-be 137th birthday if were still alive. But the more interesting news is that Google's just been granted a patent for its Google Doodles. Read that again, a patent for a doodle.
Oh, but not just any stick, it'd have been this extendable one. This patent from 1976 depicts a completely different era of "remote control." I'm glad TV tech improved so quickly or else, we'd still be stuck in the stone age today.
Earlier this year, there was a ripple in the time space continuum that suggested Apple was looking into potentially incorporating a projector into its MacBook notebook computers. Now, we have another patent that indicates Apple could be messing around with 3D projection display systems sans glasses.
The fine folks who brought us the TASER shock device just dreamed up a new idea: Let’s embed a video camera into the stun gun, recording an entire electronic attack for all posterity. The TASERians figured it was such...