Apple's future MacBook Pro keyboards could pack displays, haptic feedback, and capacitive touch sensors in each key, with the company filing a patent for multifunction buttons that could bring Optimus Maximus style flexibility. The filing, "Multi-Functional Keyboard Assemblies," describes component-dense keycaps which layer not only the regular mechanical switch but can include capacitive sensors as would normally be found in the trackpad, or displays for changing each key's legend.
Microsoft has inked another deal to squeeze cash out of an Android and Chrome OS device manufacturer, adding Motorola Solutions to its roster of firms coughing up for patent licensing. Microsoft has made a healthy sideline in profiting from Android's success, signing up firms like Dell and ZTE even if the devices they're paying for aren't running Windows Phone or Windows.
Earlier this year, Google introduced its smart contact lenses, which function as a wearable glucose sensor that could one day aid diabetics with monitoring sugar levels. The tech giant's ambitions don't end there, however, and a patent that has surfaced shows one of its possible endeavors: contact lenses equipped with cameras.
As of December, 2013, Blizzard was publicly in search of a Lead Producer of what was described as the company’s "next awesome game." It was Blizzard director Michael Booth that let it be known that the company was in search of a team that would take command on an "unannounced game title." "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet," these listings said, "but trust us, it’s awesome."
Apple and Samsung have begun their opening statements at the latest patent infringement case in San Jose, with Samsung already insisting that, while it respects its rival, it can't allow it to take responsibility for every innovation in mobile. The case, a return to the courtroom for the two behemoths after attempts at mediating a settlement failed earlier this year, sees Apple demanding $2bn from Samsung, or the equivalent of around $40 per handset.
One of the big complaints with modern smartphone cameras is that many of them aren’t able to take images that are of high quality. A rumor floating around about the next generation iPhone suggests that Apple is set to add something to the smartphone market that will significantly improve the usability of the smartphone camera. This rumor suggests that Apple will be giving its next iPhone interchangeable lenses.
We've all seen people walking around the office or down the street with their eyes glued to their phone oblivious to the real world in front of them. These people walk into others and objects frequently because they aren’t looking at what is in front of them. Apple has filed a patent application for tech that might make these people a little less prone to walking into others.