5 Patents of Crazy Technologies That Have Not Turned into Real Products Yet

///5 Patents of Crazy Technologies That Have Not Turned into Real Products Yet

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.

Folding Displays

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.

Microphone Tattoo

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.

Smart Gloves

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.

Flying Car

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.

By |2017-07-01T13:04:22+00:00July 1st, 2017|Breakthrough Technology, Technology|1 Comment

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  1. Ogeto Omwancha October 12, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    The graveyard of digital technology is riddled with failed products: remember the Apple Newton? Or Microsoft’s Zune? How about Amazon’s Fire Phone? And yet in Silicon Valley “failing fast” is heralded as a virtue and, sometimes, even failing slowly can have unforeseeable benefits. Cutting-edge products may die an embarrassing death, but they often also lay the groundwork for better, more well-timed ideas that flourish later on. This is a list of failures, yes, but failures that led to success or may yet still lead to something world-changing. Like an experiment gone awry, they can still teach us something about technology and how people want to use it. Patents are a complicated topic. There are camps of people that think they hinder innovation, as they offer a legal monopoly in an innovation over a fairly long period of time. They say that patent owners can collect royalties and get fat and happy without having to innovate further. There are companies that buy patents (non-practicing entities, sometimes referred to as patent trolls) for the sole purpose of suing or extorting companies that build products on related technologies to pay royalties on the patents they now hold. On the other side are the companies and entrepreneurs that try to protect their innovations through the patent system. Major companies spend millions and even billions on research and development, and patent their innovations to protect rapid copying of current and future products. Entrepreneurs, innovative startups, and academic researchers want to protect their innovations from better-funded companies that are in a position to easily exploit them. The truth is that we could not have innovation without the patent system. Our own tech companies, large and small, have legitimate complaints about the patent trolls that use method and business model patents to sue the companies that actually execute and build products and services. But that doesn’t mean the patent system is completely broken.

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