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Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

In a patent application made public today, Valve showed drawings and descriptions of a new sort of VR headset. This wearable head-mounted display (HMD) included an array of features, including but not limited to wireless functionality, antenna, optical subsystem, IMU sensors, a dedicated processor (or processors), onboard memory, functioning operating system, applications, games, a head tracking module, and an eye tracking module.

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Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Most people with an Apple device (or most people with any smart device, for that matter) can tell you stories about charging cables fraying over time. It's a frustrating issue because not only does it represent money that you're throwing in the trash can, but until you replace the cable, it's also a hazard. Apple may have figured out a way to make cables more durable, potentially solving the issue of frayed cables.

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Spotify patents technology to suggest songs based on your emotional state

Spotify patents technology to suggest songs based on your emotional state

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. The company is always looking for ways to improve the listener experience and get subscribers to listen to more music. Spotify has announced that it has patented technology allowing it to analyze the voice and suggest songs based on the listener's emotional state, gender, age, or accent.

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New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

This week Apple was granted a pair of patents that have to do with two-way charging. Owners of some Android devices will be familiar with the technology, which is also called reverse charging. For instance, some Android smartphones can charge other smartphones inductively to share battery power when needed.

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Renderings based on a Samsung patent show Pro Sound speakers

Renderings based on a Samsung patent show Pro Sound speakers

Samsung has faced challenges with its Galaxy line of smartphones over the years. A new patent has turned up that shows Samsung is considering adding a speaker resonance chamber to future Galaxy devices. This design would significantly increase the sound quality of audio coming out of the phone's internal speakers.

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Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

There is a lot of fuss over foldable devices and their flexible, bendable screens but those aren't the only new things in town. LG kicked things off last year with the LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen and sometime later this year we'll finally see the Surface Duo and, later on, the Surface Neo in the wild. One problem with the latter dual screen implementations, however, is the hinge that bridges and at the same time divides the two screens. It seems that Microsoft may have an idea on how to turn this liability into a potential strength.

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Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

It may not be long before we see the iMac sporting a dramatic redesign. New Apple patent filings point to a potential iMac that's made almost entirely out of a single sheet of glass, which would be a big departure from the iMac we're familiar with today. Obviously, there's no guarantee that Apple will actually pursue such a design in a mass market product, but the fact that patent filing exists does indicate that it's something Apple has considered.

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Samsung AR glasses could take the fight to Apple on a new front

Samsung AR glasses could take the fight to Apple on a new front

As the virtual reality industry appears to be moving away from mobile VR, it seems that phone manufacturers are looking to augmented reality to fill the gap. Apple is said to be working on its own set of AR glasses, and if a new design patent is anything to go on, it appears that Samsung is too. We even get a look at Samsung-official render in this design patent, leaving little to the imagination when it comes to what these AR glasses might look like.

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PlayStation 5 might get a PSVR headset of its own

PlayStation 5 might get a PSVR headset of its own

Yesterday, Sony confirmed a lot of new details about the PlayStation 5, perhaps most importantly stating that the console will be out in time for the holiday 2020 season. While Sony has been mostly quiet on its plans for VR in the future, it looks like the PlayStation 5 might have an accompanying next-generation PSVR coming along with it.

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iPad on-screen keyboard could feel like the real thing in the future

iPad on-screen keyboard could feel like the real thing in the future

On-screen keyboards have become a fact of life but that doesn't make them enjoyable to use. That's especially true for tablets that have large screens that would have been more comfortable to use with larger and more spacious keys. Typing on flat glass with nothing but subtle vibrations of the entire screen will always feel unnatural for some people. Apple's newest patent may offer screen typists a reprieve, that is if it ever becomes and actual implementation.

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Galaxy S11 may be first Samsung with Spectrometer

Galaxy S11 may be first Samsung with Spectrometer

The most recent rumor on the next big smartphone release from Samsung is that it'll sport a spectrometer. A spectrometer is a sensor that's capable of detecting the physical makeup of an object based on its reaction to a beam of light. This isn't the first time one of these sensors has been on a phone - but it's likely the first time any phone with a spectrometer could realistically end up in your pocket.

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Samsung triple screen phone patent swivels out like a fan

Samsung triple screen phone patent swivels out like a fan

What if you could design products with little thought for market viability or sometimes even technical feasibility? What if you had near limitless freedom to dream big? While patents still need to be grounded on reality, they're often an opportunity to put big ideas on paper, no matter how mind-boggling they may sound. Samsung has definitely had its fair share of odd patents but this triple screen patent filed by Samsung Display probably takes the cake in terms of strangeness and head-scratching.

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