Recently, we have been reporting about number of patents related to Augmented Reality glasses by Microsoft. Today, we came across another one which describes a technology to protect the wearer’s eyes. Wearer’s eyes need to be protected from too much light from the display. The brightness of the display is a combination of how much external light gets through the display and how much light is being used to display images. Thus, if too much external light shines through the display the user may experience eye damage or discomfort. Also, if too much light is used to display images, the user may suffer eye discomfort or damage. Read the abstract below on how Microsoft’s tries to solve this issue. Abstract: The technology provides various embodiments for controlling brightness of a see-through, near-eye mixed display device based on light intensity of what the user is gazing at. The opacity of the ...

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  We have previously reported about lots of patents related to augmented reality glasses from Microsoft. Today, another interesting patent was published. In this, the method of automatic scrolling of text is described for a see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device. This will allow users to enjoy text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application without any user input to scroll through the content. User’s eye gaze is used as the input to enable this technology. Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device, e.g., in the form of glasses, provides view an augmented reality image including text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application. The presentation of text and/or graphics can be adjusted based on sensor inputs indicating a gaze direction, focal distance and/or biological ...

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Virtual or soft keyboards has now become a norm on touch screen systems as it is the primary way to type text on these systems. Today, an old Microsoft patent went public in which Microsoft is describing a virtual touchpad. Just like virtual keyboards, virtual touchpads will be displayed in the OS and the user interaction on the virtual touchpad will be processed by the OS similar to how they handle actual physical touchpads. Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The report even claims that Microsoft might make announcement about this device at E3 tomorrow. The Motely Fool even reports that Microsoft has already announced the Smartwatch, Microsoft just announced that it is developing a smartwatch that can monitor a user’s heart rate with a battery that lasts for up to two days. The watch will be compatible with Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Google ...

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A recent patent application from Microsoft has revealed that Microsoft’s approach towards shopping via gaming consoles like Xbox 360 and Xbox One. User will be able to browse through catalog, filter them to their needs and more. The whole shopping UI will be optimized for large display with controller and Kinect in mind. Even though Microsoft will not jump into online retail business, they might partner with Amazon, eBay, etc, to enable shopping experience for users when they are in their couch. ACCESSING A SHOPPING SERVICE THROUGH A GAME CONSOLE An input device to a game console allows a user to access a shopping service. A user interface display allows the user to browse and shop through a natural user interface on the input device. Source: USPTO – Patent No. 20140067624 ...

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Microsoft recently got their patent for one of the most unique thing on Windows 8, its Start Screen. Yes, Live Tiles arranged on a background is now patented by Microsoft. In 2011, Microsoft got their patent on Windows Phone Start Screen UI. You can read about it here. You can find the two patents related to Windows Phone Start Screen UI here and here. Recently, Samsung announced a new Magazine UX for its tablets. It is basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. I guess, patents like this might stop companies like Samsung from copying their designs. Source:USPTO via: Winbeta ...

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Microsoft continues to take advantage of its large patent portfolio and has recently done more patent licensing deals around its Extended File Allocation Table (exFat) file system. The latest companies Microsoft has made deals with include automotive technology companies Audiovox, Continental, Harman and LG Automotive. According to a report from Accenture, the in-vehicle infotainment and telematics global market is predicted to exceed $80 billion by 2014. exFAT supports the high-capacity SDXC memory card standard, which is increasingly used for music, pictures, videos and maps for navigation systems and USB-based storage devices. Microsoft previously announced a similar exFAT licensing agreement with BMW, as well as with companies in a variety of other industries including Aspen Avionics, Panasonic Corp., Research In Motion, SANYO Electric Company Ltd., Sony Corp. and Canon Inc. Source: Microsoft ...

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  Windows 8 has an interesting way to unlock your device called Picture Password. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. This is how Picture Password works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it increases both the security and the memorability of the password. You get to decide the content of the picture and the portions that are important to you. Plus, you get to see a picture that is important to you just like many people do on their phone lock screen. Now,¬†Microsoft is trying to patent this feature and below is the ...

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