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Watch out, battery-powered MAVs -- your viability could be seriously in danger. Based on a patent application from University of Florida aerospace engineer Subrata Roy, he's reckoning that a micro air vehicle could be propelled by plasma. Scientists have known that passing a current or magnetic fie

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We'll be straight with you -- we've never actually waltzed through the rooms at Engadget HQ and had the urge to reproduce the exact output from light A with light B. Evidently, we're the exception and not the rule. According to a lingering patent application from Philips, it's seeking to create a s

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In an apparent effort to make using a touchscreen possible sans eyesight, Nokia has filed a patent application describing \"slider inputs lids.\" Essentially, these lids would be placed onto a touchscreen to enable users to input certain commands without actually having to look at what's going on. Fo

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Another day, another Sony Ericsson patent application. This go 'round, the filing describes a \"housing arrangement for a portable device with a display,\" and details a reverse slider with a pop-up touchscreen. Once opened, the previously hidden display would boast \"touch sensitive input,\" but littl

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It's no secret that Apple loves its touchscreens, and a freshly published patent application provides a little reinforcement to that belief. The documentation explores a method for tossing in pressure-sensitivity to touchpads in order to add functionality, or as Cupertino puts it, \"a new element of

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It's no secret that Apple loves its touchscreens, and a freshly published patent application provides a little reinforcement to that belief. The documentation explores a method for tossing in pressure-sensitivity to touchpads in order to add functionality, or as Cupertino puts it, \"a new element of

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We've seen a wide array of devices that tip off the good guys to approaching enemies, hunt down IEDs, and send back live video of opposing camps, but a new patent application lays out plans to construct a specialized net that could actually detonate incoming grenades or rockets before they strike t

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In a patent application that outlines an invention sure to be the death of spare cradles, Samsung has conjured up the idea of a \"self-cradling portable communication terminal.\" Essentially, this here device could enclose your battery in a hinged compartment that swivels around, which would enable c

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Hey, it's no shocker that Apple's iPod is a coveted item even for those who acquire their wares in less than legal manners, but a recent patent application from Apple shows that someone at Cupertino cares about you rightful owners out there. Essentially, the technology would invoke a \"guardian\" rec

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As if learning about one new aspect of Windows today wasn't enough, a duo of recent patent applications may lend a hand in discovering a few new, um, features about the Windows of the future. Up first is a dubious filing that details an \"advertising services architecture\" which actually uses conten

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Just days after hearing that Steve Jobs was indeed looking into the possibility of letting third party applications play nice with his precious iPhone, along comes a suitable patent application that further proves his hesitance to let it happen. Jobs didn't shy away from suggesting that non-native a

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Just days after hearing that Steve Jobs was indeed looking into the possibility of letting third party applications play nice with his precious iPhone, along comes a suitable patent application that further proves his hesitance to let it happen. Jobs didn't shy away from suggesting that non-native a

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Looks like the pockets of Qualcomm are going to be about $19.6 million lighter real soon, as a federal jury in Santa Ana, California returned verdicts that found \"certain Qualcomm products\" infringing on three patents owned by Broadcom Corporation. The lawsuit was originally filed way back in May o

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