With the tremendous speed that technology development is currently taking, it is not too difficult to end up losing the all-too-promising notion that is being made by the most creative minds in the world.
Often the news comes in the form of extremely simple ideas, which can be translated into reality almost immediately. Others can become true legends of the industry, disappearing amidst a host of forgotten patents.
After all, what are the most imaginative technologies that have been patented in recent years, but have not yet come close to becoming real products?
The following are some interesting examples, ranging from smartphones with folding screens to computers with injected lenses in their eyes and flying cars.
Flexible screens are already a reality and have been demonstrated more than once in international events, but the fact is that even after years of rumors and patents of the most varied, we are still waiting for the launch of some TV, tablet or smartphone whose can be folded without breaking.
The rumors are not few and some, like the Project Valley of Samsung, even seem tangible, but no official announcements yet.
Screen that mimics materials
In the middle of 2015, Apple recorded the concept of a display that would vibrate at certain frequencies to trick our fingers and give us the same sensation we would have when touching metal, stone, paper, wood, or other materials. The idea would be interesting for applications like games and ebook readers, among many possibilities, but there is still no forecast to see this in any real product.
Granted to Motorola in late 2013, a patent described a special microphone that could be implanted in people’s throats by means of a neck tattoo that captures the vibrations of sound in the larynx of users. The mechanism can connect to other devices via Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi, in addition to own batteries.
Announced by Samsung as an April 1 prank in 2014, the Samsung Finger is a smart glove that would do all the functions of a smartphone, and it gained real patents sometime later. The device would have a flexible display capable of displaying a QWERTY keyboard, would be able to track the movements of its fingers and would have shortcuts in the areas within reach of the big toe. For the time being, it does not seem like anything like that has left the paper.
Early concepts of flying cars are probably older than most of us, but a patent filed by Toyota last year describes an interesting vision for this type of vehicle.
In the document, four wings appear “stacked” above a seemingly common automobile, being able to be spaced or approximated to increase the support provided by the air. The propulsion system is not explained – which indicates that the idea is still far from becoming a reality.