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    Featured Patent Applications of the Week: August 1, 2019


    Microsoft seeks patent for puppeteering in AR. Read about this and other recently published patent applications.


    In this post, we take you through some of the recently filed patent applications of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel, IBM, Facebook, Boston Scientific, Roche, Medtronic, Merck, Novartis, and MIT.

    Microsoft seeks patent for puppeteering in AR

    US patent application 20190232500 discloses authoring 3D presentations by recording a 3D path for a puppeteering animation of a 3D asset using a 3D interface, and simultaneously updating a coordinated rendering of a corresponding 3D image among author devices in real-time, as shown. An author can also set behavior parameters to assign template behaviors and a coordinated rendering of an animation of the 3D image is triggered.


    Apple wants patent for input mechanism with deformable touch-sensitive material

    US patent application 20190235569 discloses a case having a body that includes a deformable material having an electrical resistance that decreases in response to a touch force, and an electrode pair coupled to a sensing circuit that detects a change to the resistance. Figures below illustrate a phone case and wearable device with deformable input regions.



    Google files patent applications relating to gaming and VR control using radar and automatic transition of content based on facial recognition.

    US patent application 20190232156 discloses a method for enabling advanced gaming and virtual reality control using radar where small motions and displacements are tracked even in the millimeter or submillimeter scale for representing user control actions even when those actions are optically occluded or obscured. Figure below illustrates an example use case of a user playing a game with a mock weapon.


    US patent application 20190238938 discloses a method for automatically transitioning display content in smart devices upon recognizing user’s face and user activities in an environment. Figures below depict examples of an illustration of transitioning content based on facial recognition of the user.


    Intel files patent applications for body part identification and device discovery using discovery nodes techniques

    US patent application 20190236390 discloses a technique to detect iris or other objects by imaging a user’s requested body part positioned with respect to a display and recognizing the body part using the image. Illustration depicts iris recognition to unlock a device.


    US patent application 20190238416 discloses a technique for discovery of devices that include connecting to a discovery node service, sending a node name to the service, sending data and content to a discovery node associated with the node name and receiving data that includes list of devices subscribed to the discovery node. Illustration discloses an example system for discovering devices at an airport.


    IBM seeks patent for projecting obstructed content over touch screen obstructions

    US patent application 20190238808 describes a method for projecting obstructed content by detecting an obstruction of content on multiple areas of a touch screen, determining display configuration for the obstructed content, and sending the display configuration to a wearable device to project the obstructed content. Figure below illustrates the wearable display device projecting obstructed content on touch screen.


    Facebook files patent application for predictive tracking for a HMD based on angular velocity measurements

    US patent application 20190235620 discloses a method for predicting orientation for a HMD based on angular velocity measurements obtained from a sensor and a prediction interval. A 3D orientation is predicted for the HMD to create a predicted orientation at a time corresponding to the prediction interval, and a rendered image is generated corresponding to the predicted orientation for presentation on the HMD.

    Boston Scientific files patent application for hemostatic powder delivery apparatus and a medical device insertion system

    US patent application 20190232030 discloses an apparatus for endoscopic delivery of hemostatic powder into a bleeding site using pressurized gas thereby reducing the bleeding. Figure below shows the delivering apparatus.


    Another US patent application 20190232027 relates to a medical system having an insertion device, a medical device with a rotatable spool, an end effector, and an adaptor attachable to the insertion device handle to dispense, retract or actuate the medical device. Figure below shows the medical system.


    Roche seeks a patent for multi-analyte diagnostic test elements and detection reagents

    US patent application 20190233870 relates to detection reagents and electrode arrangements for multi-analyte diagnostic test elements, wherein specific combinations of mediators are used in multi-analyte detection reagents so that single counter electrode is used with several analyte-specific working electrodes for analyte measurements. Below figure illustrates an analyte measuring device for glucose and ketone.


    Medtronic aims to patent in situ training apparatus

    US patent application 20190236985 describes a training device simulating ablation of a disc space between adjacent vertebral bodies for use by health care professionals in accurate placement of access tools, trocars, and other instruments, such as RF probes in desired locations in a patient. Illustration below depicts the in-situ training apparatus.


    Merck wants to patent apparatus for preserving mucosa

    US patent application 20190230917 presents a mixing apparatus for slaughter offal, such as porcine intestinal mucosa, with a preservative agent to prepare it for further processing, such as the extraction of pharmaceutically active heparin.


    Novartis eyes patent on contact lenses with a lubricious coating

    US patent application 20190235277 describes a soft contact lens which comprises a hydrogel lens body made of polymeric material having 1,2- and 1,3-diol moieties, and a coating of a hydrophilic copolymer comprising arylborono-containing repeating units having a boronic acid group.

    MIT wants to patent a molecular clock

    US patent application 20190235445 reveals a molecular clock which utilizes a rotational spectrum of gaseous molecules in a sub-THz region for clock stabilization. The molecular clock has a fast start-up characteristic, is robust against mechanical vibration or variation of electromagnetic field, and can be implemented on a chip-scale. Block diagram of the molecular clock is illustrated below.

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