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Nintendo Wants to Simplify Mobile Communications . . . Using Cardboard

Mobile Data Communications Patent Forecast®

March 26, 2020

Nintendo™is no stranger when it comes to console accessories. Nintendo targeted particular previous accessory product releases to niche markets, such as the Nintendo Labo™, a cardboard cutout-style set of physical accessories for the Nintendo Switch™. 

But the Nintendo Labo™ was lacking in one area: mobile communication. Now, Nintendo™ believes there's room for improvement in this area. A newly issued patent suggests that Nintendo™ is looking to expand the cardboard cutout-style of accessories with data transmission capabilities. In one example, a cardboard backpack houses a data transmission device and captures user data and user interactions from within the pack. Thus, the case does not need to include an electric component that detects a specific interaction made by a user, nor does it need a separate part for transferring user interactions to another information processing device, such as a Nintendo Switch™. 

Patent 10596461 represents Nintendo™'s first patent in the Mobile Data Communications Sector, classified under the "WI-FI" subcategory. While an accessory like this may serve a smaller market within the video game console market, Nintendo™ has shown that it's willing to take a hit to profits if they believe the technology to be useful and entertaining to customers.

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Cryptocurrency Mining with Natural Gas

Cryptocurrency Patent Forecast®

March 26, 2020

Crusoe Energy Systems has a new patent application publication relating to systems and methods for generating and consuming power from natural gas.

Currently, stranded natural gas represents a very low-cost power generation opportunity. Despite existing across the most prominent shale fields in the U.S., many oil and gas operators in pipeline-constrained environments offer their natural gas for low cost, sometimes even at a loss to the operator, so that they can produce oil.

Crusoe believes they have found the solution to this problem: distributed computing. Cryptocurrency mining requires innovative and inexpensive electricity sources, requiring approximately 29 terawatts of electricity per hour per year on a global basis. Crusoe hopes to generate electricity from natural gas produced from oil wells, using this electricity to operate power-intensive, modular processing units. These modular processing units can mine cryptocurrency and perform other distributed computing tasks to generate additional revenue.

This patent application publication is the second for Crusoe in the Cryptocurrency Sector, classified under the "Energy" subcategory. Also, this publication comes after a recent article where Goldman Sachs predicts natural gas prices doubling by next winter. The predictions in this article run counter to the U.S. Energy Information Association's (EIA) forecast, signaling that renewable energy production will overtake natural gas.

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How to: Induce sleep

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

March 26, 2020

Neuroenhancement Lab, LLC is a New York-based neuroscience R&D startup engaged in incredibly forward-thinking brain research. The firm is focused on applying new techniques called neuroenhancement and neuromodulation, both based on the idea that mental states can be "transplanted" between individuals. They attempt to do this by replicating neural correlates from one person to another. After measuring brain activity, the company strives to "play" the recorded brainwaves back, stimulating the brain with electric or magnetic stimulation, light, or sound, to achieve a desired mental state. 

The USPTO recently published Neuroenhancement Lab's second patent application in the Consumer Sleep Sector, which describes a way to induce sleep by transplanting mental states. They believe this idea has applications including inducing sleep, hyper-focus, or meditation, increasing athletic training potential, and much more. 

The company is part of Ydea Lab, a New York-based incubator that currently includes ten companies and has a goal of producing IP. Neuroenhancement Lab is also collaborating with the Neuromodulation Lab at the City College of New York to complete pilot studies for their concept.

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Limelight Announces Field Testing for EdgeFunctions

Edge Computing Patent Forecast®

March 26, 2020

Limelight Networks (Limelight) has just announced that EdgeFunctions, Limelight's global edge platform, has entered the field trial stage. The announcement includes the platform's new capabilities relating to distributed serverless computing.

The platform enables developers to run their code using Limelight edge locations, making functions globally available. In turn, this creates a more efficient Content Delivery Network (CDN). Content is delivered to users closer to where content requests are received, which reduces code execution latency and creates an optimal user experience.

Limelight has taken an API-first approach with EdgeFunctions, including support for Node.js, Python, and Go, enabling developers to focus on innovation and integration. Currently, EdgeFunctions's capabilities revolve around streaming video and content delivery use-cases. Applications include personalized streaming, access control, dynamic advertisement insertion, content protection, A/B testing, and image manipulation. Limelight's EdgeFunctions removes one of the most significant obstacles for developers: infrastructure.

Limelight's IP for the Edge Computing Sector consists of 39 patents and patent applications, with classifications spanning the "Geo/Location," "Bandwidth," "Latency," and "Platform - Non-Blockchain" subcategories.

Video, Netflix, Online, Media, Player, Youtube, Cloud

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PhysIQ helps take on COVID-19

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

March 26, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sanctioned labeling for physIQ's continuous remote monitoring system, pinpointIQ, for use with the COVID-19 pandemic. The labeling includes the use of the physIQ's multivariate change index (MCI). The remote monitoring system will provide continuous remote monitoring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients or high-risk patients such as those with heart failure or hypertension. The system will passively collect wearable sensor data and apply advanced analytics to help health care facilities and lower the risk of exposure for patients and health care providers. 

With 12 documents in the AI Biotech/Diagnostics sector (4 documents directed towards "multivariate residual-based health index for human health monitoring"), physIQ shows dedication to enabling proactive care delivery models through personalized physiology analytics. Hopefully, the data and analysis provided from physIQ's platform will offer healthcare providers with an improved understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Diabetes, Say Hello to My Little Friend AI

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

March 19, 2020

Daily diabetes management is a part of daily life for many people around the world, so improving the hardware and technology around it to be as easy to use and as accurate as possible is a goal for many companies. One of those companies is New York-based One Drop, who provides hardware and software for diabetes management. They offer a sleek Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter, test strips, lancets, a mobile app, and various coaching programs. One Drop was also an early proponent of the subscription service model, providing test strips and lancets in this manner.

Although One Drop received FDA clearance and a CE mark for their monitoring system in 2016, the company just recently had their first patent application published. The application teaches a means for forecasting blood glucose concentration for individual users. For example, the model could predict that a user's glucose will rise above 180 mg/dL or fall below 70 mg/dL within a certain time period.

Since receiving FDA clearance and a CE mark, One Drop's reach has grown rapidly. Besides being available on many smart watches, Apple sells the glucose meter in some U.S. retail stores. In September, One Drop announced a $40 Million series B round led by German pharma company Bayer. Last October, One Drop announced that its wireless glucose meter kit and supplies would be available at hundreds of Walmart stores in the U.S. Last month, One Drop presented research indicating they had achieved even higher accuracy for predictions in changes in blood glucose levels.

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Nokia Finally Lifts off with WING

Edge Computing Patent Forecast®

March 19, 2020

Finnish multinational telecommunications company Nokia has announced it will be adding 5G and edge computing capabilities to its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) service. Having recently invested in IP relating to edge computing, this announcement doesn't come as a surprise. Nokia has an issued patent which teaches software defined networking for edge nodes.

Nokia believes this upgrade will enable its operators to capture the 5G, IoT, and edge market without having to invest in new global infrastructure. Nokia will offer a pay-as-you-go model with WING to enable scaling while maintaining ultra-low latency and high security.

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Payday for Oura

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

March 19, 2020

Activity and sleep tracking ring producer Oura has announced a $28 million series B funding round, which is led by Google's Gradient Ventures, Square, and Forerunner Ventures. The Oura ring monitors pulse, movement, and temperature with infrared LEDs, NTC temperature sensors, an accelerator, and a gyroscope to provide a holistic image of a person's health. The company claims to have sold over 150,000 rings since launching in 2018. Many users believe the ring to be the best wearable sleep tracker currently on the market.

Oura provides a corresponding app which provides users with an overall "sleep score," "readiness" level, and overall activity information, along with a plethora of other additional insights. At this point, Oura's IP portfolio backing the ring is relatively small, with just two published applications, but is likely growing.

Other previous backers of the company include celebrities Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lance Armstrong, and the funding will initially support hiring new talent.

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Amazon Want's Something More From Its Users: Their Faces

AI Cybersecurity 2019 Patent Forecast®

March 19, 2020

A recent patent application publication from Amazon sheds some light on how the tech giant can use biometric data to authenticate users.

The system would make use of the camera on a user's computer to capture image data. From this image data, Amazon is able to identify whether or not a user is present in the image data, as well as determine the exact identity of the user. In addition, the system can detect if the user in the image data is actually looking at their computer screen. Based on this information, the system is able to determine what information should be displayed on the user's screen.

While Amazon is isn't the top patent holder in the AI Cybersecurity sector, a position currently held by IBM with over 300 relevant patent documents, this represents Amazon's 67th relevant patent document and demonstrates a continued commitment to cybersecurity and collecting personal data.

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Polaris Quantum Biotech uncloaks with Fujitsu

Quantum Computing Patent Forecast®

March 19, 2020

Polaris Quantum Biotech, based in Durham NC, has come out of stealth mode. They've been working with Fujitsu on a new drug discovery platform. Using Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer, they can crunch over 1 billion molecules in their search for new lead molecules. This startup is an example of using quantum annealing, a subset of quantum computing, to solve optimization problems.

The current pilot is working on a drug for dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes with over 100 million infections and 22,000 deaths every year.  

Bug, Plants, Insect, Leaf, Nature, Macrophotography

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