The most hyped apple release of 2019 may have nothing to do with electronic devices. The “Cosmic Crisp” is the new kid on the block that is born from crossing the ‘Honeycrisp’ apple with the ‘Enterprise’ apple. The new variety is being released this December, 2019 (so now). […]
oney, the online coupon code web app is reportedly being bought by Paypal for $4 Billion. Honey has a web app, or “plug-in” that works with your browser to find and apply coupon codes for whatever website you are shopping on.
The founders, George Ruan and Ryan Hudson, apparently have a few patents relating to their core technology, including US10140625B2. In this patent, the claims relate to the workings of their online coupon assistant. For example, claim 1 of the Honey patent recites: “upon the user’s selection of the graphical trigger, automatically input each of the one or more digital codes…, thereby triggering the third party website to receive the one or more digital codes… and apply the digital code that causes the greatest change in the numerical value to obtain and display a resulting numerical value on the third party website.”
Disney has recently launched a new streaming platform, Disney +. Here, we have a patent application (US2019/0340659A1) by Disney that relates to reviewing of content (similar to how Netflix allows users to review watched content).
In addition, the controllers can include a “movable portion” that a user can move around as an input during gameplay. The moving portion can be a steering wheel, or levers used to change gears. The camera tracks the movable portion.
Inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat made waves some years ago by introducing a device that could potentially remove floating trash in the ocean. The device acts as an artificial coastline that floats in the middle of the ocean. The device passively collects trash (e.g., plastics) that float at […]
Here we have a Google patent application 15/859654 that describes smart home features that actively adjusts environment of a home to maintain a person’s sleep cycle. This is particularly relevant to babies, as you can tell from some of the Figures of the patent application. Cameras with thermal […]
Google’s ‘audience attendance’ patent analyzes people and their body language, as they consume content, to see how interested they are. If you are a little concerned for your privacy, I don’t blame you. Although the invention here differentiates between identified individuals that A) have agreed to participate in […]
In this patent – US9213947B1 – 23andMe uses machine learning to help correspond ‘phased haplotype data’ to specific ancestries.
Taco Bell has a long list of patents related to various aspects of its business. One invention not on that list, is an abandoned patent application (published as US20080020106A1) that attempted to patent what appears to be their ‘Crunch Wrap’ food item. https://www.tacobell.com/food/specialties/crunchwrap-supreme Taco Bell’s claim read as […]
My six-year-old, Jasper, has been obsessed with Beyblade for over a year now. A Beyblade is a spinning top that you and your opponent ‘rip’ into action in an arena. The tops (or ‘Beys’) spin and move about emphatically in the arena where they bump into each other. […]