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Disney Wants To Track Park Visitors By Secretly Photographing Their Shoes Like A Creep

With millions of tourists visiting its theme parks around the world each year, it makes sense that Disney would want to track how visitors move about its attractions to help minimise lines and crowds and also to provide a unique experience for each guest. But does it have to sound so incredibly creepy?


Is The Apple Watch's Crown Dial Coming To The iPhone And iPad?

The thumbwheel was the signature feature of BlackBerry’s original handsets, and while touchscreens have made them mostly obsolete, the Apple Watch proves there’s still a place for physical dials. But is Apple finally planning to introduce that rotating crown to the iPhone or iPad? A recently published patent suggests that the company might be considering it.


Florida Man Sues Apple For $13.4 Billion, Says He Invented The iPhone In 1992

Florida man Thomas Ross believes that he divined the future of human communication 15 years before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. Ross scribbled together a patent application for a device back in 1992, and claims that Apple stole his design. Now, the Florida man is suing Apple for over $US10 billion ($13.4 billion).


Google Patented A Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies To Keep Them Safe

Google loves to brag about how its self-driving cars and their ability to save lives by being really good at not crashing into things. But crashes do still happen, and when they do, Google apparently has a backup plan: human flypaper.


Apple's Latest Patent Hints At The All-Screen iPhone We Desperately Want

Apple is known for its seamless and aesthetically pleasing design. As smartphone design evolves, however, its chunky bottom bezel — where the home button lives — is starting to look mighty antiquated. Judging by a patent published yesterday, however, Apple might be fixing to leave the bezel behind.


Samsung Thinks It Can Make Smartwatches Useful By Projecting Them Onto Your Hand

Samsung thinks it has a possible solution to the problem of tiny, hard-to-read smartwatches: a projector. The company has filed a patent for a smartwatch that projects a larger screen onto the user’s hand or forearm.


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.


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