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Dawn Ellmore Employment: Can patents predict the future?

Anyone born in the 1970s might be disappointed that 2017 hasn’t come up with the goods promised in Tomorrow’s World. The BBC TV programme that focused on future innovations seemed confident that the world of the future would be punctuated… Continue Reading →

Emotion-sensing Technology Patented by Facebook

American corporation and online social media and social networking service Facebook have patented emotion-sensing technology that uses a user’s laptop webcam or smartphone camera when it is not turned on to detect the user’s emotions.  Using a sophisticated algorithm the… Continue Reading →

Walmart’s granted patent will track when products are low and reorder them for you

American multinational retail corporation Walmart was recently granted a patent that will track when customer’s products are getting low at home and then automatically reorder those products for customers.  The technology would also be able to track how frequently products… Continue Reading →

£270m Technology Commitment from UK Government in Spring Budget

The UK Government recently announced in the latest Spring budget that £270 million was to be allocated to launch an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  The fund is expected to support R&D in universities and businesses resulting in innovation in the… Continue Reading →

Amazon Granted Patent for Highway Network Controlling Self-Driving Cars

Amazon was recently granted a patent relating to “how autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes”.  In the patent, Amazon outlines a roadway management system that can “assign” lanes to autonomous vehicles depending on where the vehicle is going and what would… Continue Reading →

Microsoft Patents Eye Tracking Technology

Microsoft has applied for the following patent “Capacitive Sensors For Determining Eye Gaze Direction”. The device does not include any eye tracking sensors but relies on the position and orientation of your head to “detect” what you are looking at. … Continue Reading →

Foldable iPhone Patent Granted to Apple

Apple was recently granted a patent for a foldable flexible touch screen smartphone. The latest released sketch is displayed above.  This new bendable design could see a return to the flip-phones of the past. Whist noone knows if this patent… Continue Reading →

Samsung Patents Holographic TV

Samsung recently filed a patent for a TV that uses holograms (created by lasers resulting in images floating in front of the screen).  This new experience would take the TV viewing experience outside of the actual TV screen using 3D… Continue Reading →

Drone Assistant Patented by Amazon

Amazon recently had a patent granted for a voice controlled pocket sized drone assistant.  Full details of the patent can be found here: http://bit.ly/2eytxPC Potential uses for the mini flying robots include: to act as miniature ‘dash cams’ for the… Continue Reading →

Panasonic Showcased New Fully Flexible Battery

Panasonic recently unveiled a flexible battery prototype at a technology exhibition in Japan.  The battery can be bent and twisted whilst still retaining its charge. The battery’s thinness and flexibility makes it potentially useful in wearable technology or flexible screens. … Continue Reading →

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