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Google Patents Electronic Device That Would Be Injected Onto Your Freaking Eyeball

Merging biology with electronics isn’t a question of if, but when. Some enterprising biohackers have even decided that the time is now. Google-parent Alphabet appears to be preparing for our cybernetic future with a new patent for electronics that can be injected onto your eye.


Boeing Wants To Make Weather Testing Planes Easier With 3D-Printed Fake Ice

Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 9200m can hit 45 below zero. Ice forming on a plane’s fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temperatures, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.


The Wright Brothers' Plane Patent Was Misplaced For 36 Years

The patent for the Wright Brothers’ “flying machine”, the invention that gave birth to modern aviation as we know it, was returned to the National Archives earlier this week. What’s strange is that it was never missing in the first place.


Hasbro Patented A 3D Scanner For Kids That Uses A Smartphone To Digitise Toys

Mattel might be the first to market with a 3D printer aimed at kids, but Hasbro isn’t sitting by and letting its main competitor have all the 3D fun. The company just patented a kid-friendly 3D scanner that can digitise small objects using a smartphone’s camera and clever software.


Ford Just Patented An Absurd Movie Screen Windshield For Driverless Cars

If Ford has its way, we’ll all be comfortably watching porn (or a nice movie) while hurtling along the highway at 110km/h.


Apple Wins Highly Relevant Lawsuit Against Samsung To Stop Sale Of Four-Year-Old Smartphone In The US

Apple’s team of well-paid lawyers really showed Samsung’s team of highly-paid lawyers who’s boss, thanks to a recent court order banning the sale of Samsung’s leading flagship phones from 2012.


Ford Wants To Turn Your Car's Back Wheel Into A Batpod

A patent filed by Ford a few weeks ago reveals a rather unorthodox alternative to throwing a bicycle in your boot. Like the Batpod that ejected from the Batmobile in The Dark Knight, the back wheel of your car could quickly transform into a self-balancing electric unicycle.


Does Anybody Understand The Growing Obsession With Smart Rings?

As soon as powerful processors were tiny enough to pack into your pocket, companies big and small have been hunting for other ways they can strap tech onto our bodies. Fitness trackers and smartwatches were only the beginning, and if the last few months worth of patents divine wearables’ near future, smart rings are next.


This 1882 US Patent For A 50-Calibre Mousetrap Is Probably Overkill

Ralph Waldo Emerson once advised, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” The world would have been in for a bit of a shock if they’d found themselves at the door of one J.E. Bennett of Fredonia, Texas in 1882. That’s the year he patented the mousetrap pictured above.


Airbus Crazy Patent Watch: Detachable Cabins Edition

Airbus’s notable patents from the last few years reads like a list of failed aerospace Kickstarters: standing-room-only aircraft, bicycle saddles instead of real seats, or VR headsets to escape the awful reality of coach. Is it possible to go more ambitious? Airbus’s R&D department says yes.


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