Intel’s new patent reveals increased innovation in virtual reality technology.

In this week’s featured patents, we cover the latest patent applications from Intel, IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Novartis, and Abbott.

Intel Files a Patent for a Virtual Reality Keyboard

U.S. patent application, 20200264698, discusses a graphics apparatus that includes an image generator and a gesture tracker. The image generator generates an image of a virtual input device like a keyboard, and the gesture tracker determines the position of a user’s finger and generates an image of a virtual finger. The illustration below depicts an example of displayed virtual objects.

IBM Wants a Patent for a Method for Generating Probing Questions to Test a User’s Attention to Automated Educational Materials

U.S. patent application, 20200265735, discloses an automated educational tool for presenting educational material with a question set to a user in which the difficulty level is dynamically varied according to the user’s attentive state to encourage the user to pay attention during the presentation of the educational material.

Apple Eyes a Patent for a Method of Adding Supplemental Content During a Video Conference Session

U.S. patent application, 20200267349, presents a video editing application for adding stickers or animations to an outgoing or incoming video in an ongoing video conferencing session without leaving the video conference or without storing the video clip before editing. Example user interfaces of an outgoing video stream with supplemental content options are depicted below.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Experiencing a Virtual Object in Different Sizes

U.S. patent application, 20200265806, discloses a method for creating a virtual object of varying sizes based on different scales and the information related to each size are stored in the respective AR sessions. The functionality of the virtual object may also change based on its size as experienced in the respective AR sessions. The figures below illustrate examples of a user interface displaying a virtual object at different sizes.

Medtronic Seeks Patents for a Tissue-Removing Catheter and a Patient Model Reconstruction System

U.S. patent application, 20200261112, describes a tissue-removing catheter including a rotatable tissue-removing element, and a turbine that imparts rotation of the tissue-removing element. The catheter is used to remove tissue from a body lumen. The figure below shows the tissue-removing catheter.

U.S. patent application, 20200261163, relates to an image acquisition system that helps with generating and reconstructing a model of a subject based upon the acquired image data. The image data is acquired in a mobile system from a number of orientations relative to the subject. The figure below shows the imaging system in an operation theatre.

Boston Scientific Wants to Patent a Stent Delivery System

U.S. patent application, 20200261249, discloses a stent delivery system having an outer shaft with a distal end region, an inner surface, and a lumen. The illustration below depicts the side view of the stent delivery system.

Novartis Aims to Patent Pharmaceutical Combinations

U.S. patent application, 20200261444, describes a pharmaceutical composition comprising an FGFR4 inhibitor, and a bile acid sequestrant to be used in the treatment of cancer.

Merck Files a Patent Application for TARO Inhibitors

U.S. patent application, 20200261436, discloses novel Oxazolidinones compounds for use in the treatment and suppression of TarO mediated diseases.