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Nintendo lays claim to among the more innovative implementations of dual-display gaming; its Panorama View Feature lets you move the Wii U controller to see a various point of view than what’s shown on the external TV display. The company was simply given a patent for this really technology, and the record goes into wonderful information about the gyrosensors used to determine the controller’s change in position. It’s a great deal easier in practice than in theory– just take an eye the image above or peek at our hands-on trial of the concept at E3 2012 (embedded below the break).
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Nintendo claims one of the more innovative implementations of dual-display gaming; its Panorama View Attribute lets you move the Wii U controller to see a different point of view than exactly what’s shown on the external TV display. The company was simply given a patent for this very modern technology, and the file enters great detail about the gyrosensors utilized to determine the controller’s modification in position. It’s a whole lot easier in practice than in concept– just take an eye the image above or peek at our hands-on trial of the principle at E3 2012 (embedded below the break).
Merry Christmas! The USPTO is commemorating in a huge way, with the copyright stamp making some rather huge rounds today. Initially up is a design patent for an iPod touch, which Cupertino declared back in August of 2011. It looks to be the fourth-gen model from 2010, specifically offered that the patent concentrates on the really rounded edges. This iPod touch was the first variation to consist of both front – and rear-facing cameras, and in any case, the design is miles thicker and much shorter than this year’s touch. As Patently Apple points out, this record also takes place to be among the last to list Steve Jobs as a developer.
This follows a ruling at the end of last month by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh could decide whether or not to lift the ban on U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch tablet. Koh had previously refused to rule on the matter.
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung is reported as saying in a statement.
We’ve contacted Apple and Samsung for further comment
and will update with any response. Samsung provided the following statement: “On September 28, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made a ruling, permitting the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to consider our request to lift the preliminary injunction on the GALAXY Tab 10.1. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products.”
Apple filed for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet back in May ahead of the trial. In the U.S. the dispute focuses on the iPad D’889 design patent — Apple’s trade dress — but the jury in the Apple vs Samsung trial subsequently decided Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 had not infringed this design patent, effectively invalidating the earlier ruling banning U.S. sales.
However it’s not necessary the end of the road for the Tab 10.1 design disputes — FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller notes that after a hearing scheduled for early December Apple can still win a permanent injunction against Samsung’s slate “over the D’889 tablet design patent if it prevails on the related part of its Rule 50 (“overrule-the-jury”) motion”.
Apple won an E.U.-wide preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year – although this was subsequently lifted in all countries except Germany, where the sales ban was granted. The dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the E.U. rested on Apple’s Community Design 000181607 for the iPad.
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Aircell ’ s Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service will quickly be heading to the Great White North.
Introduced merely over 4 years ago, Gogo revealed today that it has been granted a subordinate spectrum permit in Canada. (They ’ ve leased spectrum from SkySurf, in situation you were asking yourself.) Cell site construction will begin in the 4th quarter of this year and will operate on the same frequency as Gogo ’ s existing network in the United States. Rollout of the ATG (air-to-ground) service is expected at some point towards the end of 2013.
Gogo ’ s in-flight Wi-Fi service will certainly “ focus ” on existing paths flown by the company ’ s present United States and Canadian airline partners. A company representative tells us the upcoming Canadian network will certainly be certified with Gogo ’ s next-gen ATG-4 system, which employs a directional antenna, dual modem and EV-DO Rev. B for speeds up to 9.8 Mbps.
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Things have been looking bleak for Kaleidescape’s DVD servers since a Judge ruled against them on appeal, and earlier this month issued an injunction that was to have taken effect on April 8th. We say was because CEO Michael Malcolm is now saying the California 6th District Court of Appeal has issued a temporary stay of that injunction. The court is still deciding whether or not to stay the injunction during the entire process, a decision Malcolm says could affect whether or not the company survives or has to lay people off. While the current case does not affect Kaleidescape’s tethered Blu-ray servers, it’s tiring to hear about all this from the DVD CCA over a DRM scheme that was cracked wide open so long ago, and a case that had appeared to be over.
Apple scored a huge victory today in Munich’s Regional Court where Judge Dr. Peter Guntz found Motorola’s implementation of slide-to-unlock on smartphones to be in breach of the Cupertino company’s patent holdings.
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The age of driverless cars may still be years in the future, but to those playing a long game, that just means that work now will pay off even more later. Google is getting into the business of tracking and managing driverless cars, and while the technology actually steering and perceiving the cars’ surroundings will be undergoing lots of changes, some fundamentals of their interactions with the world can actually be explored today.
For example, Google has been granted a patent for a “landing strip”: a parking spot with special markings that help the car park itself, and then allow it to determine exactly where it is without relying on GPS or landmarks.
A smart parking spot has an air of inevitability to it that suggests it is one of those ideas that last. The patent is fairly specific, though: a visually-indicated landing strip, which in the illustrations is a banded area, would be stopped on by the driver. The car would detect that it had stopped on a landing strip, and would know to search the area for a second indicator, in this case a QR code.
The QR code would direct the car to visit a URL and, presumably, report itself as at location #382B319_g and awaiting instructions. The server would tell the car its exact location down to the inch, and any additional info the car might need: the locations of available parking spaces if the landing strip is at an airport, for instance, or local maps, navigational data, or rules. It could also push other information from local sources: live cameras, information about the location, and so on.
The title of the patent, “Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode” refers to this point in the process, after the person has parked or perhaps just driven over the landing strip, at which time the car would switch over to autonomous navigation.
It’s a neat process and there’s no conflict between the driver and the car. On the highway, for instance, things will be much more complicated: the humans will be watching that the car makes no mistakes and will be ready to grab the steering wheel if there’s an error. On the other hand, the car will be watching the human for mistakes, and will hit the brakes or warn the driver if there is danger. The landing strip is a more clear-cut handover.
If you’re flying American on Friday, there’s a chance your pilot will be using an iPad instead of the traditional paper flight charts. The airline has reportedly become the first major one to get FAA approval for the device, though smaller charter lines have had it for a while. American announced their intention to make the switch back in June, joining Alaska and Delta and probably a few others by now.
There’s been a bit of a dust-up regarding the actual fuel savings. And while they’re miniscule, airlines are continually trimming things down and the loss of 35 pounds of charts from every plane in a fleet adds up quickly: American estimates over a million dollars a year. Not only that, but as Delta hopes, the iPad (or Xoom) will also improve communications and flight quality.
What’s missing from the report is what software exactly will be used, and whether it will be standardized across airlines, whether it’s private, open, airline-owned, licensed, or what. While it’s not important for the average flyer, who probably didn’t know the pilots carried around 40 pounds of charts with them in the first place, it should probably be at least publicly accessible information to some extent. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this, though, and we’ll see about finding out more.
If you’re worried that the devices are going to succumb to death grip, battery failure, or glitches, don’t be. The devices have undergone a six-month test period with thousands of hours of flight time, and at any rate, chances are if the one in the cockpit bites it, there will be a few spares in first class.
Lately, Apple’s become synonymous with a flurry of hotly-contested patent disputes, but in a nice change of events, the company’s actually been granted a bunch by the USPTO. The recently awarded patents range from the mundane to the utilitarian, covering designs for a customizable docking peripheral, in addition to a solar-powered solution for charging those iDevices. But the real additions to Cupertino’s legal arsenal are its patents for what appears to be cover flow-like navigation for video, and display rotation for images captured via iOS cameras. Alright so none of these patents are particularly revolutionary, and they certainly aren’t tipping us off to the next iteration of the iPhone, but think of the lawyers, will you? This is the stuff their litigious dreams are made of.