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Back in 2012 the New York Times Bits columnist Nick Bilton wrote a report about Facebook thinking of taking another crack at jumping in the smartphone business. The report claimed that employees of Facebook along with several new engineers from Apple and those briefed on Facebook's plans said that a smartphone could be ready by the end of 2013. Figuring out how to make the hardware was one of the causes for their multiple delays. Now a Facebook smartphone patent has surfaced showing us that they've been working on a smartphone since 2011 and that they're continually refining it. Surprisingly Facebook makes it clear that they want their hardware to have a distinct physical twist to it so that it stands out from the crowd of me-too products. For that you have to applaud them if they actually deliver on that point.
The U.S. Patent Office recently revealed an Adidas patent application for a health monitoring system that both compliments and greatly advances their current miCoach line of products which includes a speed cell pod that fits in a runner, a heart rate monitor (using an old styled strap) and a sports watch. The new health monitoring system is a device that fits on the hip and can work with clothing that embeds sensors to monitor the heart without having to use a strap of any kind. The patent also describes a wider array of new health monitoring sensors and future capabilities that training athletes will appreciate. The system also includes a new docking station that will charge the system and send workout stats to your computer.
A few weeks ago the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from LG Electronics that reveals an advanced smartphone designed to work with not only a flexible display but a flexible body. Unlike the current LG G Flex smartphone, the body of this futuristic model is able to morph into varying shapes depending on the function required. One example, as noted in our cover graphic, illustrates how the phone knows that it's in freefall and automatically curves its bottom edge so as to provide maximum shock prevention to the phone. LG's invention discusses the use of a new shape memory alloy, shock and drop prevention operations and even describes a rather unique twist to locking your smartphone's screen. In the end, aspects of LG's invention are rather interesting while others require you to stretch your imagination over the edge.