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Forget Apple cars, Samsung just patented a robot battle suit

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

Samsung works in a lot of areas besides smartphones and, according to a recently published patent, one of those could soon be… Edge of Tomorrow-style soldier exoskeletons?

As described, Samsung’s wearable robot would be affixed to the legs of a user and would greatly enhance the strength of its puny human users by generating an auxiliary torque for assisting muscle power.

Well, at least this is one idea they probably didn’t borrow from Apple!

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New patent hints at hands-free gaming on Apple TV

Forget joysticks, this could be the future of gaming.

Forget joysticks, this could be the future of gaming.

There have been plenty of rumors about the refreshed Apple TV set to arrive at WWDC, but two of the biggest concern the fact that it will feature a revolutionary gesture-based user interface and a new focus on gaming.

Possibly tying into that is a newly-published patent from Apple, which describes a pattern projector which would use laser beams to map the 3D space between the device and a user — thereby allowing a person to carry out motions as a way of interacting with specific apps.

And, yes, that includes games.

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Apple’s new patent could supercharge Touch ID

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Someday, you might be running everything from your Home button.

Apple filed a patent application today that could someday help you use Touch ID to run everything on your iPhone or iPad without covering the screen with your fat digits.

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Apple’s collaborative search patent makes it easy to check in with friends

Apple's patent will help you find a coffee shop convenient to all your friends.

Apple’s patent will help you find a coffee shop convenient to all your friends.

You can add all the high-tech features you want, but ultimately one of the best ways to make people buy gadgets is to ensure that the devices are the same ones already used by their friends.

That’s the concept behind a newly-published patent application, titled, “Collaborative Location-Based Search Results.” It describes a way in which multiple iPhone users in different locations can search for shared information — say, finding a restaurant or movie theater that’s equally convenient for every member of a group of friends to reach.

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Face-Cook, Ive-Space, or Schi-tter? Apple patent hints at new social network

You know what's cool? A new kind of social network. Photo: Columbia Pictures

You know what’s cool? A new kind of social network. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Apple could introduce its own iOS-exclusive social network, according to a patent application published today.

Described broadly as “Lifestyle-Based Social Groups,” the application may be used to set up real-world childcare groups, lift-sharing, dining clubs etc., by automatically determining your interests and then pointing you toward similar people.

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Patents suggest Apple TV wand full of Cupertino magic

"Apple TV, turn on!" Photo: Warner Bros.

“Applus TViticus!” Photo: Warner Bros.

The high-tech “magic wand”-style controller rumored to ship with the refreshed Apple TV this summer may be the culmination of close to a decade’s R&D on the part of Apple.

Is this the “simplest user interface you could imagine” that Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson about when he claimed he had “finally cracked” the way to build a perfect TV?

If so, we’ve combed through the patents to reveal how it might work.

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Apple patent explains how USB-C will make every other connector obsolete

USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

Apple still hasn’t owned up to inventing USB-C, the brand new connector featured on its 12-inch MacBook — but Apple patents have all but tied the technology to Cupertino. The latest describes how a do-it-all connector that fits USB-C’s description is going to make every other port you’re using obsolete.

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Apple Watch’s interchangeable band mechanism is now patented

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You can change your Apple Watch band quickly and easily. Photo: Apple

One of the neat features of the Apple Watch is the ability to quickly and drastically change its appearance by sliding different straps on and off the body of the device.

Achieved by way of a cunning three-contact mechanism, it’s undoubtedly a cool solution and — to paraphrase Steve Jobs — boy, has Apple patented it!

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Apple patent hints at the amazing future of Force Touch

Apple Watch's Force Touch tech could be about to get a whole lot better. Photo: Apple

Apple Watch’s Force Touch tech could be about to get a whole lot better. Photo: Apple

The Force Touch technology seen in the Apple Watch and new MacBook is pretty great and all, but imagine being able to go further than the relatively simple haptic feedback Apple currently offers — by having your future Mac trackpad actually simulate different textures when you run your hand over it.

That’s the aim of a new patent application published today, which describes a new diamond-layered touch surface capable of using a variety of vibrations and temperatures to recreate a range of textures.

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Apple secures patents for magical Watch bands just in time

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The Apple Watch’s Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet bands. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The first batch of Apple Watch preorders are starting to ship for delivery, and Apple has been awarded some key patents for its band designs.

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