iTime: Smartwatch Patent Shows Apple's Broad Ambitions

This morning the folks over at AppleInsider discovered that Apple was granted a patent today for the iTime, which can only be described as a device-connected smartwatch that offers advanced functionality like arm and wrist gestures, as well as advanced proximity sensing, through a sensor-laden smart strap. » 7/22/14 8:36am Tuesday 8:36am

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

Samsung Smartwatch Patent Predicts Gesture Control on Your Wrist

There's only so much room for a touchscreen on your wrist and, unless you're dressed like Dick Tracy, talking into your watch will make you look like you've lost the plot. A newly-uncovered Samsung patent looks to motion-tracking gestures as potential supplementary smartwatch controls to ease the burden on the smaller… » 5/27/14 7:45am 5/27/14 7:45am

Bill Gates' New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying on Your Screens

Google's big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill… » 4/16/14 3:30pm 4/16/14 3:30pm

Apple's Touch-Sensitive MacBook Patent Embeds Controls in Screen Bezel

Ever since the rise of Apple's touchscreen devices, it's seemed only a matter of time until a touchscreen MacBook arrives. But those who wince at finger-smeared screens may not need to worry — a newly uncovered patent suggests Apple is more interested in revamping the bezel. » 2/19/14 7:00am 2/19/14 7:00am

Apple's Fitness-Tracking Ambitions Go Beyond the iWatch

Lately, all the talk has been about the fitness-tracking, health-monitoring smartwatch that Apple is assumedly building. But a patent granted to Apple today shows the company wants to get into fitness tracking not just on your wrist, but in your ear, with sensor-laden earbuds to measure your athletic performance. » 2/18/14 10:26am 2/18/14 10:26am