Teledildonics Startups Are Pumped This Patent Is Dead

“Our sex lives are about to get very interesting!” Maxine Lynn, an intellectual property attorney in the sex-tech space, tells me. The reason for her enthusiasm? A patent—or, rather, the absence of a patent, one that many say has stifled innovation in the sex toy industry for two decades. Read More >>

Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone’s Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV

You may have seen the ads that Facebook has been running  in a full-court press to apologise for abusing users privacy. They’re embarrassing. And, it turns out, they may be a sign of things to come. Based on a recently published patent application, Facebook could one day use ads on television to further violate your privacy once you’ve forgotten about all those other times. Read More >>

Nike Patent Imagines Shoes With Tiny Treadmills Built Into the Soles

A recently published patent filed by Nike depicts a new “rotatable conveyor element” designed to help people put on their shoes. Essentially a tiny treadmill, the proposed device is a conveyer belt that’s embedded in a shoe’s insole and “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space,” according to the patent first spotted by Digital Trends. Read More >>

Apple Patent Reveals Its Latest Foldable iPhone Concept

A new patent awarded to Apple today, uncovered by Patently Apple, shows the company is exploring a foldable iPhone concept, confirming what rumours have longs suggested. Apple was believed to be researching foldable iPhone designs starting back in 2013, but new evidence suggests the company is still serious about making this concept a reality at some point. Read More >>

Apple’s First Vehicle-Related Patent Is For a Bendy Bus With Tank Treads?

Apple was granted its first patent for vehicle hardware today, but it’s not for a car. The invention is related to “articulated vehicles” or ones with a pivoting joint in the middle of its construction like a large bus. So will there be an Apple bus in the near future? Who knows. Read More >>

It Looks Like Apple is Seriously Building an All-Glass iPhone

For months, rumours have swirled about Apple’s top secret all-glass iPhone. We’ve tracked the developments closely, saying early concepts looked ridiculous and would break too easily. But as a new patent shows, Apple is serious about this all-glass iPhone idea. Read More >>

New Apple Patent Could Stop You From Taking Photos and Videos at Concerts

If you’re the kind of person who takes lots of photos and videos at concerts, your days might be numbered. Apple has been granted a patent that would let the company to disable photo and video capturing in places where it’s frowned upon. Read More >>

New All-Glass iPhone Patent Looks Ridiculous

We’ve all been there: it’s late at night, you’ve had a few drinks, and you’re messing around with your iPhone. It slips out of your grip, smashes into the ground, and the screen shatters into a million pieces. Now, imagine doing the same thing with a phone made entirely of glass. Read More >>

Magic Leap Patent May Reveal Its Upcoming AR Headset

Magic Leap—valued at more than $4.5/£3.1 billion—is one of the most secretive (and exciting) technology companies in the world. Despite its fruitful fundraising campaigns, the company has never released a commercial product and very few people have ever tried its state-of-the-art augmented reality headset. Read More >>

The Wright Brothers’ Plane Patent Was Misplaced for 36 Years

The patent for the Wright Brothers’ “flying machine,” the invention that gave birth to modern aviation as we know it, was returned to the National Archives earlier this week. What’s strange is that it was never missing in the first place. Read More >>

Typing on a MacBook Could Soon Be as Awful as Typing on an iPad

Have you tried to write an email, or worse, an essay on an iPad touchscreen? Well, soon that may be exactly how you type on a Macbook laptop. Read More >>

Future Samsung Galaxy Phones Could All Come With an Optional Stylus

A newly-published Samsung patent suggests that the South Korean company plans to eventually make all of its Galaxy-branded smartphones stylus-compatible. While everyone laughed at Apple for the Pencil it brought out alongside the iPad Pro, digital sticks can be genuinely rather useful -- the Surface Pen and S Pen are cases in point. Samsung may be about to step things up. Read More >>

Websites Being Sued for Apparently Infringing Encryption Patent

A number of companies, including GoPro, Sony and Yahoo, are being sued because their websites are said to use a version of HTTPS that infringes a patent relating to encryption. Read More >>

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Apple May Ruin the MacBook With a Force Touch Keyboard, Because Thinner is Better

Apple’s believed to be working on a Force Touch (shudder) keyboard that could become a fixture on future MacBooks. A recently-published patent describes an ‘ultra low travel keyboard’, which would likely work in a similar manner to the new MacBook’s trackpad or the iPhone 6S’ display, sensing and reacting to different levels of finger pressure. Read More >>

Boeing Patents Mid-air Drone Refuelling for Those Remote Amazon Deliveries

The aeroplane enthusiasts at Boeing appear to be thinking about making a move on drone territory, with its developers patenting a system that allows for the automated in-air refuelling of the self-flying deliverybots of the future. Read More >>