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Google receives patent for a “smart-watch” that uses augmented reality

A patent application filed by Google in 2011 has now been granted to the Mountain View tech giant. The patent is for a “smart-watch” that uses a clear-flip cover. The cover becomes a screen for using apps and also can be used as an augmented reality viewer that displays information to the user. Google might have it in mind to make this a Google Glass experience for the wrist, copying the augmented reality that is such a big part of its eyepiece.
Google's patent was granted for a smart-watch with an augmented reality reader
The watch could come in handy with GPS functionality and the augmented reality could display landmarks and would really come in handing when shopping. Price checks, comparison shopping prices and coupons can be generated on the screen. You could even scan certain sections of your morning paper to get updated and current weather, sport scores and real-time stock quotes.

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Apple files patent application for ‘intelligent automated assistant,’ sounds like Siri

Apple files patent application for 'intelligent automated assistant,' sounds like Siri

Siri’s managed to make it into several Apple devices now, so it doesn’t shock us to spy the company’s attempt to patent the polite (somewhat frosty) tones of its voice navigation system. A pretty deep patent application filed today describes an “intelligent Automated Assistant,” with the claims describing an application that is guided through the user’s speech — and all wrapped in a “conversational interface.” So far, so Siri. The filing elaborates on Apple’s earlier filings, explaining how this digital assistant furthers the users’ demands with additional requests for speech-based information — hopefully resulting in that map location or a movie booking you were after.

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Apple patent application has iPhones text when calls don’t reach spotty coverage areas

Apple patent application has iPhones text when calls don't reach spotty coverage areas

If you’re already using Android 4.0 or iOS 6, you’re likely familiar with the option to send a pre-made text reply to incoming calls you can’t take. But what if it’s your own call that won’t go through, at no fault of your own? Apple may have that covered through a patent application that could keep the accusations to a minimum. If flaky reception at the destination prevents your call from connecting, the proposed idea has your iPhone automatically send a text message indicating that you’ve at least tried to get in touch. Continue reading