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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...

May 9th 2008 at 12:20am 0 Comments
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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...

March 3rd 2008 at 6:55pm 0 Comments
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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...

October 6th 2007 at 3:54pm 0 Comments
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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...

October 6th 2007 at 7:05am 0 Comments
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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...

October 5th 2007 at 1:35pm 0 Comments
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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...

October 5th 2007 at 1:35pm 0 Comments