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10 Bizarre And Horrifying Sex Patents [NSFW]

Depending on who you talk to, the future of sex may be teledildonics. Or virtual reality. Or painfully hot fleshlights. But the one thing almost everyone can agree upon? The future of sex is not a pump-action dildo you strap to your chin. Nor is it any of these other bizarre, terrifying, and wonderfully weird sex-improving patent hopefuls.


Toyota Made Over 5600 Of Its Fuel Cell Patents Available Royalty-Free

In an effort to help spread the adoption and further the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology the company developed for its FCV concept vehicle — now known as the Mirai — Toyota has announced that it’s making approximately 5680 fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use.


Report: Bose Is Going To Return To The Apple Store

Less than two months after Bose saw its products ignominiously booted from Apple’s physical and online stores, rumours are suggesting a triumphant return for Bose’s high-end audio equipment, now the two firms have finished squabbling.


Apple Patents Method To Make iPhones Fall Like A Cat

Apple can’t stop dreaming up with ways to keep its glass screens from cracking. The latest attempt comes in the form of a pretty bombastic patent, which was just approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Basically, it would make your iPhone fall like a cat.


Startups Can Now Buy Insurance Against Patent Trolls

Probably the worst thing about America’s very broken patent system is the existence of patent trolls: companies that own intellectual property for the sole purpose of using it to sue other, actually productive, firms.


America's Long, Weird Search For The Perfect Voting Machine

Millions of Americans will vote today, and for the first time in years, many of them will use paper ballots. For a nation that’s produced some of the most advanced machines in the world, we’ve had a hell of a time figuring out one of the most important.


Canon Patent Describes Tech To Choose Between JPEG And RAW For You

RAW or JPEG? JPEG or RAW? Too. Many. Decisions. Fortunately, a new Canon patent suggests technology that could make that choice for you.


Even The Sound Of Darth Vader Breathing Is Trademarked

Darth Vader’s caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there’s nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it — even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Airbus Patents VR Headsets To Make Flying Suck Less

Flying coach sucks — a fact that no quantity of overpriced Wi-Fi or hilariously tiny cans of Coke can change. So Airbus, one of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft, is thinking about using VR to take you out of the experience entirely.


Australian Court Decides That Breast Cancer Mutation Gene Can Be Patented

The Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia has today decided that a private company is within its rights to hold a patent on a specific mutation in a breast cancer gene, which experts say could lead to a derailment of research and an eventual cure.