Acer has seen booming sales of Chromebooks, including government procurement orders for educational purposes in many countries, and therefore has asked supply chains to increase production to reduce supply shortages, according to company CEO Jason Chen, adding that global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase 70% on year. Some are reporting that Acer's Chromebook sales are booming even though they only account for 10% of Acer's notebook sales. Yet, it's a new segment and it's doing very well.
Today the US Patent and Trademark Office granted LG a design patent for a mobile phone. Yet the twist to it is that the design is for a smartwatch. So obviously LG has something new up their sleeve relating to a future hybrid wearable device. With a very large interface, it appears that it's going to promote video conferencing.
Earlier this month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed an invention relating to a new wearable video headset device which could be used to take live video captured through a "see-what-I-see" camera view. The wearable headset provides two cameras fitting over the user's right and left ears and provides an easy to use microphone to assist the user in narrating the video that they're capturing. For those who already wear glasses, Samsung's latest idea could provide a superior video taking solution over Google's Google Glass.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google revealing new aspects of their smart contact lens invention. We began covering Google's breakthrough technology back in March of this year in a report titled "Google takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses" which covered the foundation of the technology. In this report we cover one of Google's latest patent applications titled "In-Situ Tear Sample Collection and Testing using a contact Lens." The timing of Google's latest patent application relating to smart contact lenses that integrate glucose testing couldn't have been any better. In under a week of its publication by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Google broke the news that the Novartis eye care unit Alcon had struck a deal to license their smart lens technology. As Google and Apple prepare to battle for future Home and Health markets, the deal with Novartis puts Google in a phenomenal position for first strike success. Whether you cheer for Google or not, the fact is that their latest invention has the potential of assisting hundreds of millions of diabetics around the world. It could forever mean the end of using lancets on a daily basis to capture one's glucose levels. And the thing is – a glucose reader is only the beginning. The off-shoot dimensions of Google's smart contact lens technology are many, with the benefits being just as unique. As always, Patently Mobile will continue to cover Google's latest patent applications regarding this technology as it becomes available.
In January we reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, stated during an analyst meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." On Tuesday, Samsung was granted a major design patent regarding a multiple-display, foldable smartphone. This particular design allows one of the displays to house the Samsung pen which could indicate that this is a future Galaxy Note-type of smartphone or phablet.
Earlier this month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals that there's yet another Google Glass variant on the drawing board. This time it's a binocular design instead of its traditional monocular style in order to provide users with a superior heads up display (HUD) where augmented reality can be projected into the user's view without blocking their vision of the outside world. It'll be like a jet fighter's HUD where you can see important data in your line of sight without having to look away to find your data on a smart device like a phone or watch. For instance, during a run, the user's vitals could be projected onto the Google Glass lenses without blocking the users view ahead. And let's not kid ourselves Google is about advertising and though Google doesn't allow for advertising on Glass today, it's likely to open that door in the coming year. On Sunday Bloomberg posted a report titled "Advertisers Target Wearable Gadgets as Next Frontier," and this form of Google glass will likely be better suited for advertising. Lastly, Google was granted two design patents relating to Glass last week and our report presents you with a few of their patent figures.
Mark Twain once said that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that confirms that very saying. Today Fitbit is duking it out with Samsung's Gear and there's great anticipation regarding Apple's possible entry into the wearables market this fall with a health-related device using advanced biosensors. While Microsoft is considering a smartwatch as well, it now appears that they may want to take a completely different course that's quite eccentric. They've invented a mood changing/health device in the form of a robotic butterfly. What's the use of having a stress gauging app on your smartwatch or smartphone if you have no way of doing anything about it, right? So in Microsoft's great wisdom, they think that a robotic butterfly device fluttering all about you changing colors will be able to change your mood for the better in no time flat. It sure sounds freaky and if they ever decided to add Cortana's voice to the butterfly's feature set I think that it would create quite the buzz. Then again, that would likely require launching a robotic bee and that could very well be next.
If you're interested in the direction Google is going, how search & other projects are progressing, as well as other bigger ideas, you might enjoy this video. Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, interviews Google founders Page and Brin for about forty minutes. If you're big fans of Google's co-founders you'll really enjoy it but it's certainly not for everyone.
Microsoft is on the war path. Court documents reveal that Microsoft has filed two more cases against software pirates in the US. One of the cases is against National Technology Rentals, Inc. (NTR) and Lawrence Gazdick individually. Microsoft alleges that the defendants have infringed their copyrights and trademarks, violated the Lanham Act by falsely designating the origin of software, and engaged in unfair competition. This is Microsoft's third case against software pirates over the last week with a fourth case having just been filed against ATR Computers Inc. Is this sudden rash of cases filed against software pirates a trend or a dedicated campaign? In the end, time will tell, but at this point in time, it looks like a concentrated campaign with many more cases on the way.
Patently Mobile reported yesterday that Microsoft had launched a Copyright lawsuit against Ocean Enterprises and Alex Sumetsky in Minnesota. We noted that in the bigger picture, Microsoft's case was really about waging war against software piracy. That particular report also provided readers with the latest statistics from The Software Alliance (BSA) that was only published last week. The BSA's membership includes Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and others. Today we report on Microsoft's second such case within the last week. This time it's against EZPC and its owner Miguel Bautista. Will more cases be filed in the coming weeks ahead? Only time will tell.
Earlier this month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed one of their latest inventions relating to a software updating service. Sometimes a software update could actually cause you unexpected grief when it interferes with other apps that you didn't anticipate. Samsung's invention will provide a workaround to that problem.
Microsoft has launched a Copyright lawsuit against Ocean Enterprises and Alex Sumetsky in Minnesota. In the bigger picture it's about software piracy. Our report provides you with a detailed overview of Microsoft's case along with the latest statistics from The Software Alliance (BSA) that was published this week. The BSA's membership includes Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and others.
Over the years Apple has filed for many detailed iTravel based patents that are and will be a part of their "Passbook" application for mobile devices covering travel boarding passes and more. Earlier this month the US Patent and Trademark Office published a Samsung patent application revealing a future "Travel Guide Service." The service will be able to provide real-time information and videos to users planning their next business trip or family vacation.
This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed a new smart home/office network messaging system. The timing of this patent application couldn't have been timelier when you consider that Apple announced their new smart home initiative with HomeKit earlier this month and Google's Nest just introduced their APIs for the same thing when Google I/O opened this week. Samsung's invention relates to their vision of the smart home interconnecting a smart TV with appliances and devices throughout your home. The heart of the invention is the creation of a messaging system that will allow users to set up messages to control their in-home devices and appliances through a user interface that will be coming to future smart TVs.
According to a new Korean report published today, display industry sources have revealed that Samsung and LG Electronics are planning to roll out new smartphones with 5-inch flexible displays as early as this September. The more interesting of the two designs may be the one that Samsung is working on.
Samsung Electronics filed or bought the largest number of patents for chips, smart media and smartphones throughout last year, Thomson Reuters said Monday. This is quite contrary to the Androider's myth that Apple is the biggest patent filer. In fact, Apple didn't even make the top five patent filers globally and more importantly didn't make the top ten in the key area of mobile telephony.
Some of the higher profile trademark filings made by Google and Samsung for June thus far have been rather interesting ones to be sure. Google filed two trademarks pertaining to their upcoming smartphone with a slick 3D camera called "Project Tango" while Samsung filed for a few related to their future "Gear Store", another for a future product called "Samsung Gear VR" and more.