A patent filing made by LG to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revealed not one, but two different concepts for a foldable phone than can be turned into a tablet and vice versa. The patent itself calls the product a "mobile phone with flexible display which can be folded in half." One version appears to have two handset bodies side-by-side, with a single display that can be folded in half. When the display is folded, the device resembles a smartphone and shows an "always on" display with the time. Unfolded, it looks like a tablet.The second version of a foldable device found in LG's patent filing looks very close in design to the first one. The big difference is that when folded, part of the second screen extends past the first one. That leaves a thin sidebar available to be used to display icons or other data.LG originally filed for a patent on July 2017, and WIPO released the registration information last week. LG joins other manufacturers such as Samsung and … [Read more...] about LG patent filing shows two different foldable phones
A patent filing made by Apple called "Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device," shows how Touch ID might be placed directly inside the touchscreen of an iPhone or iPad instead of under the home button. The patent would allow users to have their fingerprint scanned by pressing on a specific location on the screen of the handset or tablet.Security could be enhanced on the iPad by requesting that the user verify his identity by matching the fingerprints on all five fingers on one hand. A palm print could also be employed.Previous attempts to embed a fingerprint scanner inside a touchscreen have resulted in the placement of additional layers on top of the display which harmed the quality of images seen on the screen. Additionally, touch inputs sometimes would not register on a touchscreen outfitted with the additional material. Apple plans on getting around this by using an integrated circuit that would be placed on the bottom of a cover sheet or on the top of the display. Using a … [Read more...] about Apple patent filing moves Touch ID to the iPhone or iPad touchscreen
Earlier Thursday a German court ruled that Motorola had infringed on an Apple patent protecting its "slide-to-unlock" process. Coincidentally, in the third quarter of 2010, Google went to the USPTOseeking a patent on its own complex unlocking system. The coincidence is that the USPTO published the filing just this month in the midst of Apple seeking court protection for its unlocking process. Google's Security-Based Unlocking requires a user to drag from one icon to another while another command unrelated to unlocking is requested, such as making a call to a specific contact.Another part of the patent filing deals with Convenience-Based Unlocking which could be as simple as dragging the icon of a phone contact from the top of the display to an unlocking icon at the bottom. Google also showed a new interface for unlocking future phones. It is a wheel that the user moves to a specific application, for example email. Before the device is totally unlocked, certain actions could take place … [Read more...] about Google patent filing for unlocking system revealed
What's a six-letter word for 21st Century gold? How about P-A-T-E-N-T? And Mountain View based Google thinks that it has discovered more gold with its patent filing that seeks to protect the use of motion-based gestures to control a device hands-free. The front-facing camera on the device would act similar to the camera on the Xbox Kinect system which takes gestures and turns them into requests to perform certain tasks. Taps, swipes and hovering would be the signals to have the device carry out a pre-programmed task, allowing you to run your handset, for example, hands-free. Let's say you have set your device to go to the browser after a single tap on the front camera. After making that tap, the user could then use a gesture to search and control web pages.The hands-free concept has been done before. The Pantech Vega LTE, sold only in Korea, uses its front-facing camera to allow users to make a waving gesture to answer a call, flip an ebook page, browse pictures in the gallery or … [Read more...] about Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google
In just around a week, on September 5th, Nokia is expected to announce the new Lumia handsets, all running on Windows Phone 8 and its latest patent filing might have already revealed how the rumored Nokia Lumia Arrow will look like. What you’re seeing below is a device with rounded edges, looking similar to the low-end Nokia Lumia 610, so it’s possible that it will also be a low to mid-range phone. We’ve already seen leaks of the Nokia Lumia Phi along with a patent filing that reiterates the by now familiar design seen on devices like the Lumia 800 and 900. So chances are that this current leak is for the other phone, the Lumia Arrow. Take a look at the sketches from the patent filing below, and stay tuned - we’ll know about the first Windows Phone 8 Lumias in just a week. source: USPTO via WMPowerUser Nokia's recent patent filings Nokia's recent patent filings 1. Patent filing reveals possible upcoming Nokia Lumia Arrow 2. Patent filing reveals … [Read more...] about Patent filing reveals possible Nokia design: is this the Nokia Lumia Arrow?