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Delta keeps climbing with IBM Quantum Computing at NCSU

Quantum Computing Patent Forecast®

February 20, 2020

IBM and Delta Air Lines have partnered to explore how quantum computing can transform experiences for customers and employees.  Delta will have access to the IBM Q Network, the world’s largest fleet of universal hardware quantum computers for commercial use cases and fundamental research, through the IBM Q Hub at North Carolina State University.  Delta’s CIO, Rahul Samant, is “... excited to explore how quantum computing can be applied to address challenges across the day of travel.” This should be interesting.

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Parrot and RIIS Partner to Develop AI Applications

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Security and Defense Patent Forecast®

February 20, 2020

RIIS and Parrot have partnered to develop AI programs for Parrot drones. RIIS, an IT consultancy and mobile app development specialist, has previously used Google’s machine learning platform, TensorFlow, and a DJI drone to count sheep.  The partners will explore applications such as municipal infrastructure assessment; crowd monitoring; warehouse inventory counting; automated inspection of cell phone towers and solar panels; and property surveillance for real estate professionals and developers. Parrot currently has 19 issued patents relevant to software applications in drones. 

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Analyzing your life

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

February 20, 2020

Analytics 4 Life, founded in Toronto, is a medical technology startup rethinking how we diagnose and image cardiac disease using AI. Initially focused on coronary artery disease and pulmonary hypertension, the company has now raised about $29 million across three rounds, has three offices around the world, and is growing quickly. With a radiation-free system, the company provides point of care results for cardiac diagnoses.

Analytics 4 Life was recently granted two patents and had another application published, bringing their count to 6 issued and 18 total documents in the AI Biotech sector. Their recently issued patents teach analysis of a biopotential signal collected from a single electrode with machine learning in order to create a multi-dimensional phase-space representation of the heart. This information is useful in diagnosing some pathologies.

Announced in June, the company is one of the first companies involved in Johnson & Johnson's JLabs @ Shanghai. This location is the world's largest JLabs yet and can support over 50 life sciences startups across medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer, and health tech segments.

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Handshakes on the Edge

Edge Computing Patent Forecast®

February 20, 2020

Edge computing startup EDJX and telecommunications carrier 6x7 Networks recently announced a partnership to add 6x7 Networks locations for use by developers. EDJX has one issued patent in the edge computing space and 6x7 Networks currently has none, although this may signal a shift towards greater investment in the space.

In November, EDJX announced a public beta of the EDJX Serverless Edge, which allows developers to write, test, and deploy IOT and mobile edge applications. 6x7 Networks has over 500 Points-of-Presence and over 100,000 edge locations worldwide, meaning this partnership will help make EDJX Serverless Edge one of the most expansive networks available for developers. The partnership further increases 6x7 Networks' capabilities on the edge as well, including computing and distributed ledger opportunities.

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What will you pay for a good night's sleep?

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

February 20, 2020

Smart mattress startup BRYTE was recently issued their first patent, which teaches a bed with integrated sensors to detect the sleep environment, as well as actuators and a controller to adjust these conditions. BRYTE also has three other pending applications for its bed and methods of controlling the sleep experience. 

The BRYTE BED tracks a user's sleep and then makes adjustments to the sleep environment, including pressure, temperature, and motion of the bed, as well as room lighting and wake assist. Last May, BRYTE opened its first retail store, located in Seattle, signaling a desire to keep up with other mattress technology companies such as Kryo (makers of the ChiliPAD and OOLER), Eight Sleep, and Sleep Number.

There is a price, however, for including so many electronic components in a mattress. For the BRYTE BED, that price is $8,600. How much is your sleep worth to you?

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Sleep with the sun on your face

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

February 13, 2020

That feeling of falling asleep on the beach with the sun on your face is wonderful, but in daily life the lights around us normally keep us awake at night, or at least make us restless. Headwaters is seeking to remedy this with illumy, a sleep therapy mask. The illumy smart sleep mask blocks out annoying lights and provides new lights to help users fall asleep and wake up easily.

Headwaters (dba Sound Oasis) has multiple issued patents for the sleep mask and recently had two more applications published, demonstrating a large commitment to this technology moving forward. The recent patent applications describe a mask with selectable sunrise and sunset illumination modes based on blue and red shifted spectra. Also described are illumination modes which oscillate in a manner corresponding to brainwave frequencies.

The illumy mask was originally funded by an crowdfunding campaign in 2017.

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Neuralink Stepping Forward

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

February 13, 2020

In July, Elon Musk's Neuralink first presented their initial research into an implantable AI-based brain chip. The first goal behind the chip is to let paralyzed individuals control their computers and phones. This week, the company's first patent application was published, which describes predicting brain health of a user and providing individualized health recommendations. 

Now, Musk has announced on Twitter that he expects the company to be updating the world on their progress this summer, and that the new device is substantially better, even automatically avoiding the vasculature of the brain. Musk has also confirmed that Neuralink still plans to test the device in a patient this year, supporting the company's previously stated goals of hosting human trial by the end of 2020 with a focus on patients with quadriplegia.

This published application does not discuss the chip or electrodes themselves. While there may simply be unpublished applications, it is possible Neuralink has elected not to file applications for these incredibly small and complex devices, and may be employing trade secret practices.

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Crusoe Energy Systems: Using Natural Gas to Mine Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency Patent Forecast®

February 13, 2020

Crusoe Energy Systems (Crusoe) has received its first published patent application relating to a natural gas processing system adapted to mine cryptocurrency.

Crusoe's application provides a means of processing natural gas into a fuel gas stream that is then converted into an electrical output. This electrical output is used by mobile data centers to mine cryptocurrency. As cryptocurrency mining consumes more power annually than 159 countries individually, including Hungary, Ireland, Nigeria, or Slovakia, electricity is the single largest lifetime cost to a cryptocurrency mining operation.

Using generated electricity from natural gas produced from oil wells, Crusoe is looking to use this electricity on-site for power-intensive operations.

Crusoe, founded in 2018, is primarily focused on helping the oil industry eliminate routine flaring of natural gas and reduce the costs associated with cloud computing. This is Crusoe's first published patent application in the Cryptocurrency sector.

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New combo satellite/cell communication provider coming. No rockets or towers required.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Security and Defense Patent Forecast®

February 13, 2020

Alphabet’s Loon LLC and HAPSMobile, a partnership between SoftBank and Aerovironment, have announced the development of a communications payload for the HAWK30, HAPSMobile’s solar-powered, stratospheric, unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  The communications payload enables LTE connectivity directly to standard LTE smartphones and other mobile devices. The Loon payload is also able to serve the internet to a large number of smartphone users at a long distance from existing ground infrastructure.  Both Loon and Aerovironment have numerous issued and pending patents for communications infrastructure, so this looks like a go to revolutionize the world's mobile networks. 

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Misram is Using Machine Learning for Voice Authentication

AI Cybersecurity 2019 Patent Forecast®

February 13, 2020

Misram LLC's latest published patent application uses machine learning (ML) to determine the probability of spoofing a voice.

With voice authentication becoming more and more common, the probability that a voice has been spoofed, using a synthesized voice or a converted voice, is increasing. As such, many conventional voice-based authentication systems remain highly susceptible to spoofing.

Misram is using a ML, multi-dimensional acoustic feature vector authentication system to build and train multiple multi-dimension acoustic feature vector ML classifiers in order to determine the probability of a voice being spoofed. Their system extracts a number of acoustic features from a user's voice sample and converts those features into a multi-dimensional acoustic feature vector. Ultimately, the spoofing probability indication is used to determine whether or not to authenticate a user.

This is Misram's third published document in the AI Cybersecurity sector, classified under the Biometric subcategory.

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