If Northrop Grumman has this airplane flying around right now, patents like these are our only clue that it exists. This particular drawing shows one of Northrop's "Next-Generation Bomber" patents, an evolution of the B-2 Spirit. The most notable new feature? Those little retractable mustache-canards. Adorable!
What could make frequent sparring partners Apple and Google finally come together? According to Bloomberg News, the move is part of a deal to purchase some 1,100 Kodak patents — offered as part of Kodak's bankruptcy liquidation, announced last year. The patents involve the capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images and the offer for the portfolio is estimated at $500 million.
Advertisements that use eye tracking and facial recognition to target ads toward consumers appear to be an inevitable part of the future of public spaces. But if one major cable and wireless provider has its way, this innovation could eventually make it into your living room.
Sony's new patent application puts a new spin on a Nintendo idea that never quite saw release. Sony is running with the idea of biometric feedback, seeking a controller that provides force feedback well beyond a rumble pack.
Samsung has filed for a patent for "An apparatus and method (to) summarize a user's daily life information." The patent goes on to detail its "story generator," which hopefully churns out less wooden language than the patent application itself.
Here's an absolutely brilliant idea from Apple: imagine if you had a bunch of different gadgets, and imagine if they could all somehow be powered by batteries that were rechargeable and all interchangeable with one another. How awesome would that be? Super awesome! If only we'd thought of it a long time ago.
Microsoft's been scooping up patents lately, but my personal favorite is the one that allows you to beat the hell out of your phone to make it shut up. Because that's exactly what its newest idea is.
Microsoft has filed a patent application hinting to their plans for the future of gaming. It uses a sensor like the Xbox Kinect combined with a projection system that projects gameplay beyond your television to the surrounding room.
War is a messy business at the best of times, but it could get even more foul if a Russian inventor's personal human waste extracting tank gets built.
It's cheaper and more efficient for an airline to use one single large aircraft instead of several smaller aircraft, which was the initial motivation behind Boeing's venerable 747. Airbus cranked things up a notch with its truly gigantic double-decker A380, and a patent filed by Boeing last month suggests that a future generation of the 747 may follow suit.