You better not use your phone when you are crying, as your Nokia Lumia may automatically immortalize that moment for a custom sad face :’-( emoticon.
According to a new patent from Nokia your Windows Phone would detect your mood by looking at elements such as typing speed, typing pressure, the use of the back space key and even an external device.
Once an emotion is identified the front-facing camera may then snap a picture which can later be used in place of generic emoticons.
Of course knowing the mood of the user can also have other benefits, such as changing profiles and the like.
Do our readers agree the new technology is a big (or a lot) creepy? Let us know below.
See the patent description after the break.
We all know that Nokia and HTC are fighting it out in the court related to patent infringement. Last week, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that HTC infringes two nokia patents that are related to method for receiving and transmitting radio signals, and a method for eliminating unwanted signals. Since there is a possibility of HTC devices getting banned in the US, HTC is working with Qualcomm on reworking a radio chip for the HTC One, reports Wall Street Journal.
I saw some comments that once the Microsoft-Nokia deal is completed, HTC and Microsoft can work on these patent issues. The real fact is that, even after the Microsoft-Nokia deal, Nokia will still own most of the patents and the on going patent battle with other companies with continue. I hope HTC soon settles the issue with Nokia and starts focusing on the devices.
NPU reports on two Nokia patents which indicate that Nokia Lumias may be getting Galaxy S3-type hover interactions, where the phone will sense fingers some distance above the screen.
Nokia envisions it working in two ways:
1) Text or objects enlarging if you hover your finger over them. This will also make it easier to locate touch points e.g. enlarging sections of a web page.
2) Being able to manipulate text input and icons via hover mode. One mode would enlarge the text under your finger and then pan the text based on movement of your hand. As seen in Figure 8 above this should make positioning the cursor even easier.
There actions have been seen largely as gimmicks on the Galaxy platform, but I think Windows Phone could probably do with a few more gimmicks to attract the punters.
Patentbolt reports that Microsoft has applied for a patent for voice-controlling the camera in Windows Phone.
From the application the app is mainly designed for portraits or group shots, but Microsoft also suggests users may be able to manage other functions, such as deleting pictures by voice or controlling the video camera. Interestingly Microsoft suggests the device may always be listening in a low power state for commands to activate the camera, bringing to mind Google’s recently demonstrated voice search feature in Chrome. The patent also notes that snapping fingers or clapping hands could function in the same way.
Microsoft notes the feature would also be useful in tablets, or for the Xbox via Kinect.
Microsoft filed the patent application in Q4 2011, somewhat preceding the number of apps we have seen pop up recently with the same function.
Read more at Patentbolt here.
Nokia has applied for a patent for a flexible, low-profile hinge with integrated connector suitable for use in foldable tablets and smartphones.
Nokia has expressed interest in bendable smartphones before, including creating a prototype, the Nokia Kinect (right), with a bendable screen which responded to both touch and twists.
In Nokiaâ€™s new patent they propose using multi-layered strips consisting of elastomers and composite fabrics, with the first layer possibly a thermoplastic or thermoset material which would act as a sturdy spring, or natural or synthetic rubber, while the second layer could be Kevlar or Cordura fabric.
An electronic coupler could be integrated so as to connect the hardware in both portions.
Patent applications of course is very little guarantee of an actual product, but with Nokia promising â€œdifferent form factorsâ€ I think few companies would be as motivated as them to disrupt the status quo.
Thanks Charles for the tip.
Another interesting Microsoft patent application got published today. The whole idea of this patent is to have secondary devices which can be attached and detached from a smartphone. It will function appropriately in both the modes. For example, a keyboard device can be used for the smartphone when attached to it, when detached it can act as a remote control for a TV, etc.
MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE, INTERCHANGEABLE SECOND DEVICES:
A mobile communication device comprises a first device with a first display and multiple second devices. The second devices are releasably attachable to the first device and are interchangeable with each other. The mobile device can operate as a mobile cell phone with one or more second devices operable as a mobile phone hand set. The second devices can comprise one or more game controllers, batteries, physical keyboards and/or mobile phone handsets with a display. In a detached configuration, the first device is separated from the second devices and can wirelessly communicate with one or more of the detached second devices. In a three device configuration, the first device can send commands, control signals or content to one or more external devices in addition to the second devices.
As a young adult and technology enthusiast growing up in a world where technology is changing and improving as fast as one can blink I am very much amazed and captivated by the goings-on. What has me particularly captivated at the moment however, is the mobile spectra and at them moment the kind of weapons race that goes on behind the scenes. The goings-on that even at this feisty stage are not even known by the so-called end users who just care about having a phone in their hands and have not the slightest care about how it got there. I should make it clear off the bat, that I am of the belief that if one sheds blood, sweat and tears working on something, that they should reap the benefits of it in the way that they’ve dreamed of. I am also of the knowledge that Microsoft was once the big bad wolf of monopolizing the tech world but I like others also believes that those time have somewhat changed and Microsoft is more about the people now (Win7 and WP7 are perfect examples). I also believe that the old Microsoft skin has fallen over or has been modified to fit Google, who’s "Me too" attitude I somewhat despise. Of course this is my opinion and everyone is free to have their opinion too.
All of the research I’ve done on the tech world, whether by reading from Engadget, BGR, Bloomberg, CNET, ZDNET, ArsTechnica, GigaOM has led me to believe that Google is really about providing their Android software for free so that the manufacture can gobble it up and Google can have more platforms to make money from advertising (Which is what they’re buit on). This I know must be true yet the hordes of Fandroids as they are oft called fail to acknowledge and blindly follow Google into the bottomless pits of deception. If I at this ripe age can understand this why can’t the multitude of older generations pick this up as well?
What annoys me is when fandroid like to cry out in unsion that Android is free! Android is open! Android can be customized You can do whatever you can with Android and will fight it to the death. I used to have a bit of disdain for Apple products but the more the Fandroid cry out about how free Android is the more I’ve favored Apple as second to Microsoft in my book. Wake up Fandroids half of those that own Android phones buy them for their prices and don’t know about the tons of "advanced" features that the carriers and manufacturers hype their phones up to offer. Those that claim that Android can be hacked this or that way don’t recognize that the majority of the population have no interest in those things.
Most of the regular people may just be attracted by a phone with a pretty big and vibrant screen and a nice camera, probably the ability to play the movies, songs or pictures via some external hardware using HDMI, DLNA, use the internet, play games and they’re all set. They most likely came from non-smartphones, sidekicks, flip-phones and were enthused that they could get a "smartphone" so conveniently. But if Google were about the people Android would’ve been far more usable and pleasant experience for it’s users instead of now scrambling to make tweaks here and there (this is where they copy too) and get critical acclaim from it’s users.
What the Fandroids people need to understand however is that, Android didn’t just appear out of thin air, it was someone’s work that created it and Android can’t be free because evidently it also includes software bit patented by other companies. Even if your argument is that that bit of software is too minute to consider, one must understand that someone’s effort went into thinking of and creating that little bit! Also if it were so insignificant then Google’s engineers would’ve been quick to replace the infringing bit eons ago and we wouldn’t be in this patent mess.
So in all what I am saying is may the "man" who put the effort, the blood sweat and tears into getting us where we are in mobile technology win this current patent war and that people should be informed before blindly selling themselves to a company.
(I am a budding journalist and may not have constructed all of my thoughts well but I hope you go the gist of it)
Microsoft and Motorola have escalated their smartphone patent war, with Microsoft adding 7 new patents to the 9 it was already challenging Motorola with, and Motorola adding 2 to its earlier 17.Motorola filed a new suit in the Western District of Wisconsin over 3 patents and Microsoft made counterclaims in the Southern District of Florida, alleging the infringement of 7 of its patents.
In its new suit, Motorola tries to attack the Kinect and Microsoft asserts not only five patents against Android phones (just like it did before) but also two patents against Motorola set-top boxes with DVR functionality. Two of the seven patents added by Microsoft cover important touchscreen functionalities originally applied for in connection with "pointing devices" such as a stylus but now appear to cover user interface technologies that are most relevant in connection with touchscreens.
In the past it has been rare for for large companies to go to war over patents, largely due to the the large number of products that are usually infringing on both sides, with most large companies in a Mutually Assured Destruction stand-off.
It seems, due to the new high stakes smartphones game, things have now finally gone nuclear.
Read more detail at FOSSPatents here.
Thanks Zee for the tip
HTC is very well known for their hardware inventiveness, but I wonder if they have not taken things a bit too far in the gimmicky direction with their latest patent.
Their patent for a Portable Electronic Device is described as follows:
Connectors in the portable electronic devices, for example, refer to universal serial buses (USBs) which are disposed outside main bodies of the portable electronic devices. Thereby, not only the exterior design of the portable electronic devices is deteriorated, but also dust or undesired objects are prone to enter into the connectors, thus giving rise to poor electrical contact.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present application is directed to a portable electronic device with succinct appearance.
In the present application, a portable electronic device including a first body, a second body, a motion assembly, a connector, and an ejector is provided. The second body has a hollow portion, and the first body is movable disposed on the second body to cover the hollow portion. The motion assembly is disposed between the first body and the second body, such that the first body is able to move relatively to the second body. The connector is movably disposed in the hollow portion. The ejector is disposed between the connector and the second body. When the first body moves relatively to the second body, and the hollow portion of the second body is exposed, the ejector is capable of driving the connector to move out of the hollow portion.
So in short a pop-up connector would allow for a sleeker appearance while protecting the connector from dust and dirt, but I suspect if we ever see this in a real device it will result in a lot more annoyance than anything else.
See the full patent here.
Microsoft has long claimed some intellectual property when it comes to open source operating systems, and at the time many advocates have asked the company to put up or shut up.
It seems Microsoft has finally decided to do just that, taking Motorola to court for alleged patent infringements in â€œsynchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.â€
Microsoft long maintained Android is not really free, and has so far been able to claim payments for using the OS from HTC. It seems Motorola has not been as amenable to persuasion.
See Microsoftâ€™s press release after the break.
It seems the fight between Apple and HTC is going to go on for some time yet, with HTC filing a suit with the Internationl Trade Commision, regarding five of HTCs patents.
As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible. We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.
HTC is requesting the blocking of imports to the US of the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
If the ITC did block any imports of the companies currently fighting over patents, the disputes would most likely be sorted out over nightâ€¦ No such luck so far, and so Nokia, HTC and Apple are all likely to lose. Nowâ€™s a good time to be in patent law though!
The full press release is here.
In an interesting and frankly bizarre move, Microsoft has signed a patent agreement with HTC that provides broad coverage under Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio for HTCâ€™s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform.
Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft told CNET Android infringes on several Microsoft user interface and other patents, and it was Microsoftâ€™s responsibility to ensure "competitors do not free ride on our innovations."
â€œHTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and todayâ€™s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,â€ said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. â€œWe are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.â€
HTC is currently under attack from various sources for patent infringement, but the highest profile case has been Appleâ€™s attempt to block HTC from importing its phones into USA. Most of Appleâ€™s claims have been based on the Android software running in most of HTCâ€™s devices.
Under the agreement Microsoft will receive royalty payments from HTC. Microsoft has also said it has been in talks with other phone makers, but will likely find it a harder sell as companies like Samsung and Motorola likely hold extensive defensive patent portfolios which makes them less vulnerable to such an approach.
Some analysts however feel that more than mere exploitation of HTC may be afoot, with the Microsoft patent deal possibly providing some protection to HTC from Appleâ€™s overtures.
"Google is really unable to protect HTC because they don’t have any portfolio of patents in this area," said Ken Dulaney, Gartner Research Analyst. Microsoft, by contrast, has a broad portfolio and a patent cross-licensing deal with Apple.
It’s not clear to what degree, if any, the Microsoft agreement will help HTC in its battle against Apple. However, Dulaney said that is the key battle for HTC.
"If this doesn’t in some way help HTC against Apple, frankly, I don’t think they gain much," Dulaney said.
Does Microsoftâ€™s decision make sense to our readers? Let us know your thoughts below.
Despite being accused of never innovating, HTCâ€™s engineers are always coming up with new and interesting designs, both software and hardware.Â Their latest patent application is for a hinged device that slides open into a flat tablet-like device. Interestingly their render of an actual device does not show any keys, suggesting again a dual-screened device, like their earlier patent application.
HTC explains their invention as such:
The present application generally relates to a portable electronic device, in particular, to a portable electronic device having two bodies capable of being stacked or spread.
Portable electronic devices refer to electronic devices capable of being carried and operated by users. Portable electronic devices generally have small volume and weight for being carried by users conveniently. Common portable electronic devices include mobile phones, multimedia players, personal digital assistants, handheld game consoles, handheld satellite navigation systems, and notebook computers.
Most of the current portable electronic devices adopt a two-layer folding or sliding design, thus the two bodies of the portable electronic device have a minimum volume when being stacked and a large area when being spread. However, as for sliding design, the two bodies are still partially stacked when sliding with respect to each other, thus definitely reducing the area utilization rate of the lower body.
Accordingly, the present application is directed to a portable electronic device having a function of stacking or spreading bodies thereof.
The present application provides a portable electronic device having a first body, a second body, and a moving mechanism. The moving mechanism is disposed between the first body and second body, such that the second body is moveable between a first position and a second position with respect to the first body. In the first position, the second body is stacked on the first body. In the second position, top surfaces of the first body and the second body are substantially coplanar.
Based on the above description, the present application stacks or spreads the two bodies via the sliding mechanism and the moving mechanism, so as to improve the area utilization rate of the first body.
Having a â€œcoplanarâ€ design does not facilitate the use of a keyboard much, except to allow the keyboard to be even larger, but such a design would certainly look good on a dual screen device.
Read the full patent here and the design after the break.