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Google Wants To Use Your Car's GPS To Track Potholes

Potholes are more than just a driving annoyance, they can actually damage a vehicle. So in addition to providing traffic warnings, Google now wants to use a car’s GPS navigation system to detect potholes on a road and use that info to plot a more comfortable route to a destination.


Boeing Patented A Drone That Turns Into A Submarine -- Just Like In Movies

The idea to build a plane that turns into a submarine is not new. However, the mission to build an unmanned variation of such a vehicle is rather 21st-century. Boeing actually already has a design ready.


We Cannot Allow These Awful Sliding Aeroplane Seats To Become Real

It’s easy to think of ways we could improve aeroplane seat design. It takes some sick creativity to think of how we could make it worse, though. But the world is full of sick people — like these dudes from North Carolina who want to put aeroplane seats on wheels and control them with an iPad.


The Navy Built An Algorithm That Predicts Pirates' Behaviour Before An Attack

The US Navy is a veritable patent machine — it regularly beats all other government bodies when it comes to sheer volume, with 364 filed last year alone. One recent filing: Patent #US8838515, a “Method for predicting pirate attack risk.”


Google Scored A Patent For Memory-Storing Cameras, Sound Familiar?

A searchable database of all your memories — creepy? Or a blessing for your Dory-like attention span? Either way, Google has scored a patent for just such a device.


Apple Might Start Showing People Ads Based On Their Bank Balances

Just when you thought Apple wasn’t integrated into your life enough, the company just won a patent for a system that targets ads based on how much money people have. This is the same Apple that’s promised not to monetise your data. As Tim Cook said last year: “You’re not our product.” Until you are, apparently.


A Visual Explainer Of How Boeing Wrecked The Plot Of Black Hawk Down

Patents are often interesting, fanciful things, illustrating inventions that may or may not ever be built. However, when you turn a patent idea into a somewhat animated and slightly offensive explainer video linking the inventions to popular Hollywood war movies, the result is nothing short of art.


Apple Wants To Create A Way To Share Files With High Fives

Remember how fun Bump was in the early days of iPhones? Probably not because it was silly and kind of dumb, but based on a new Apple patent application, you could soon be exchanging any kind of data with any type of gesture, from hugs to high fives — and it actually makes sense.


Google's Designed An Intelligent Robot Teddy Bear That Can Recognise You

Google’s hoping there’s a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug. The company’s most recent patent design for an anthropomorphic voice assistant/toy reads like someone dreamt it up after watching an AI and Ted double-feature (and had obviously never seen Child’s Play).


Apple Won A Design Patent For Its Watch

If you can patent a black rectangle as phone, you can patent a smaller one as a watch. At least according to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which has awarded Apple a design patent for its new wearable.


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