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Galaxy Fold with under-display health sensors seen in patent

Galaxy Fold with under-display health sensors seen in patent

Before smartwatches became the portable health labs that they are today, smartphones were the ones that bore some of the sensors and algorithms needed for checking one's health. Samsung's phones, in particular, once had heart rate monitors and even blood oxygen tracking that it has removed in its most recent models. That, however, doesn't mean that Samsung has given up that idea, and, apparently, it was toying with the possibility of putting such health sensors beneath the screen of a foldable phone.

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Apple just patented a wild iPhone design with Mac Pro mesh

Apple just patented a wild iPhone design with Mac Pro mesh

Apple has patented an iPhone design that borrows the Mac Pro's eye-catching machined 3D structure, though the distinctive aesthetic would be for more than just familial resemblance. Launched in late 2019, the third-generation Mac Pro studded its fascia with an array of complex ventilation holes, which Apple said considerably improved cooling performance.

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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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Huawei to charge Apple, Samsung for 5G patent royalties

Huawei to charge Apple, Samsung for 5G patent royalties

Although it has so far managed to keep operating, it's hard to deny that Huawei's business has taken a significant hit in the past years. In addition to sanctions imposed by the US government over allegations of its role in Chinese espionage, Huawei has also seen its networking technologies and equipment pushed out of other countries' 5G plans. To recoup losses and perhaps to indirectly show how critical it is to 5G's development, Huawei will soon make smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung pay for patent royalties, the majority of which revolve around 5G technologies.

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Sony patent wants anything to be a game controller

Sony patent wants anything to be a game controller

Sometimes the first glimpse we get at what future products might look like comes in the form of art from patent drawings. The art seen in patents certainly doesn't always indicate what the final product will look like, but sometimes it does. A new patent application from Sony has been published with some interesting artwork that shows a controller shaped exactly like a banana.

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PS5 DualSense Back Button add-on revealed in Sony patent

PS5 DualSense Back Button add-on revealed in Sony patent

The PlayStation 5 didn't just usher in the next generation of Sony's gaming platform, it also introduced a new controller that breaks away from previous generations in more than just the name. For one, the DualSense changed the decades-old arrangement for the Japanese version, making it identical to the rest of the world. It also added more sensors and switched to haptic feedback in this iteration. It may have also broken compatibility with some DualShock accessories, explaining why a patent for a Back Button Attachment for the DualSense just popped up.

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Galaxy A patent reveals a rotating popup camera

Galaxy A patent reveals a rotating popup camera

Although it seems that Samsung has settled for punch-hole camera designs, it is only a temporary truce in the battle to push out bezels. The ideal, which no one has perfected yet, is to hide everything under the screen. In the meantime, Samsung is also playing with other ideas, like the flipping camera of the Galaxy A80. The Galaxy A series has indeed been a testing ground for some of Samsung's more unconventional ideas and a new patent may describe one of the strangest ones yet.

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Apple patent reveals a keyboard that can change its display

Apple patent reveals a keyboard that can change its display

Computer keyboards haven't really changed that much over the decades. Some keys have grown additional functions and the Fn and Ctrl keys on laptops keep switching places but that standard set of keys and their arrangements are pretty much set in stone. That makes it difficult and even wasteful to have different keyboard layouts and different languages, as different models have to be made for different kinds of keyboards. Sure, you can configure a key to produce something different but what's printed on the keycap remains the same, at least until Apple makes its latest patent a reality.

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Canon patent reveals joystick-style handheld camera with swivel lens

Canon patent reveals joystick-style handheld camera with swivel lens

A newly discovered Canon patent reveals a new handheld camera style that involves a joystick-like handle and a swivel lens. The device somewhat resembles DJI's Osmo handheld camera, but with one very big difference: the lens is interchangeable, indicating you could use many existing lens models. The model seems designed for vlogging use.

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OPPO smartphone patent envisions a removable camera system

OPPO smartphone patent envisions a removable camera system

Phone makers have a love-hate relationship with the front camera. It is pretty much the only reason now that we even have top bezels on phones but they have become so critical in the age of selfies and video conferencing. There are various solutions to hiding or removing the front-facing camera altogether, from punch-hole cutouts to under-display sensors. OPPO's latest patent isn't exactly about the selfie camera but its idea of a modular, removable, and upgradeable camera system indirectly addresses that as well.

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Xiaomi foldable smartphone could come with a pop up camera

Xiaomi foldable smartphone could come with a pop up camera

Xiaomi has been working hard on folding smartphone prototypes filing patents that show off potential designs for folding devices coming in the future. A new Xiaomi folding smartphone design has turned up that ditches the thick bezels or notches on the screen featured on smartphones for sensors and cameras. Instead, this folding device uses a pop-up camera.

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LG Project B rollable phone could have a retractable display

LG Project B rollable phone could have a retractable display

LG kicked off its new Project Explorer line of smartphones with a bang. But while the LG Wing's swiveling screen is definitely a novelty, some of the brand's remaining fans are still curious whether it will be able to take on Samsung in the foldable phone arena. Rumors claim that it will be doing so via a different route, with a rollable phone rather than a foldable one. A recently awarded patent now offers a glimpse into one of the many potential forms of this phone, one that admittedly makes more practical sense.

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