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Tag: Patent

Circboard Console Typing Software: Amazing, But Not Original?

Circboard Console Typing Software: Amazing, But Not Original?
Redditor Torontoitguy shared a console typing software that he invented. He’s calling it the Circboard, and it’s easy to see why. Letters and symbols are mapped to each of the four face buttons on a controller,…
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Did Santa Claus Come to Town? Santa Detector Could Tell You for Sure

Did Santa Claus Come to Town? Santa Detector Could Tell You for Sure
Were you naughty or nice this year? Not sure? If this invention ever made it to market, you’d be able to know of Santa is on his way or not. Thomas Cane’s 1996 patent for a…
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The Greatest Dog-Shaped Vacuum Cleaner Ever

The Greatest Dog-Shaped Vacuum Cleaner Ever
The guys over at Futility Closet dug up this awesome retro invention which I only wish they had actually made. Patented by Ann Margaret Zaleski way back in 1973, this dog-shaped vacuum was supposed to help…
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Ipads May Get Some Carbon Fiber Lovin’ in the Future

Ipads May Get Some Carbon Fiber Lovin’ in the Future
I really like my iPad, and the thing is pretty lightweight already with its aluminum chassis and coverings. Future iPads may get even more lightweight thanks to a patent app that has surfaced showing Apple is…
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Apple Patent Hints at Magsafe Connector for iPhone and iPad

Apple Patent Hints at Magsafe Connector for iPhone and iPad
I use an iPhone, but I am not a huge fan of Apple’s computers. I prefer Windows, but I will admit to being jealous of the cool MagSafe connector that MacBooks have. I have snagged my…
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Nike Air MAG Marty Mcfly to Become a Reality?

Nike Air MAG Marty Mcfly to Become a Reality?
Remember those awesome kicks from Back to the Future Part II? You know, the ones that laced themselves up automatically? After seeing this DIY hack, it’s impressive that Nike has actually been working on a design…
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Samsung Tablet Patent Shows Double Sided Input

Samsung Tablet Patent Shows Double Sided Input
I really like my iPad but I am always afraid when I am trying to use it and the gestures it supports standing up that I am going to drop it. This is really only a…
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Apple Wants to Hear Your Heartbeat Before Using Your iPhone

Apple Wants to Hear Your Heartbeat Before Using Your iPhone
I can’t say that I have ever used a biometric sensor that works as promised. I once had a Dell laptop that had a fingerprint sensor. I could swipe my finger a million times and never…
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Nintendo Filed Patent for Touch Screen Steering Wheel: Cool or Stupid?

Nintendo Filed Patent for Touch Screen Steering Wheel: Cool or Stupid?
I don’t own a Nintendo DS, so this time I’m not being sarcastic: DS owners, do you think controlling vehicles on your portable would be more fun if you had a virtual steering wheel? Because it…
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Oh Tivo, How I Hate Thee and Thy New Patent

Oh Tivo, How I Hate Thee and Thy New Patent
I love my DVR. I mean I really, really love my DVR. There are three hard and fast rules in my world: 1. Don’t drink the last Diet Dr. Pepper; 2. Don’t eat the last bag…
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Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus Turns Literature Into Patent Drawings

Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus Turns Literature Into Patent Drawings
We can file this under art, or under why?/why not?: Invented by Julius von Bismarck and Benjamin Maus, the Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus “downloads and parses a part of the text of a recent best-selling book” and…
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Nintendo May Release a Wii Football Controller

Nintendo May Release a Wii Football Controller
I’m starting to think Nintendo (maybe all of the big three, actually) employs a division whose sole job is to produce ridiculous patent applications designed to create waves of silly throughout the wide plains of the…
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Big Brother PS3 May be Watching You in the Future

Big Brother PS3 May be Watching You in the Future
At this point, I’m pretty sure that everything in the damn world is about to be patented as a possible game control system. Right now, someone is filing a patent for a game controller modeled after…
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Just in Case Playing Wii Wasn’T Embarassing Enough: Inflatable Saddle Controller Patent

Just in Case Playing Wii Wasn’T Embarassing Enough: Inflatable Saddle Controller Patent
Imagine this scenario: you’re in the living room. A magical world unfolds on the television screen, a world filled with flowers and butterflies, a world with a golden road unspooling before you. It’s a road that…
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Microsoft: Check Out Our in-Game Ads or We’Ll Starve Your Virtual Dog

Microsoft: Check Out Our in-Game Ads or We’Ll Starve Your Virtual Dog
Okay, perhaps I’m being a little ridiculous with my title there, but I’m torn between thinking this new development from Microsoft is both funny and completely horrible. Microsoft’s adding all sorts of new ads to the…
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Sony Patents Their Part of the Motion-Controlled Future

Sony Patents Their Part of the Motion-Controlled Future
Move over, Project Natal and Wii-mote: here comes Sony, trying to break into the let’s-make-it-real movement with a new patent for image-scanning with their EyeToy camera. Oh, did you think I meant their oddly-shaped wand controller…
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