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The next territory in the Great Patent Land-Grab is at the end of your arms: in a patent granted last year that’s just hit publication, the Chocolate Factory gets its hands on using gloves as a user interface. US patent 8,009,151 plants the Google flag on “methods and systems for gathering and conveying information, for example …

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And the purpose is...?

To send the patent back in time to 1988 in time to troll the following year's release of the Nintendo Power Glove.

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Re: And the purpose is...?

Did Nintendo power glove have built in camera?

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Re: And the purpose is...?

IIRC the power glove did not have a camera.

However, if memory serves me right, surgical gloves with a camera on them have been around for a long time. It is just one of the many forms of an endoscope. You do not wave these though - you generally stick 'em in places known as "where sun does not shine".

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Prior art

Spy glove camera, circa 2007

http://blog.pcnews.ro/2007/02/09/spy-gloves-hidden-camera/

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FTLoG

Now we're officially into the stage of patenting attaching x to y, can I file a patent for attaching sharks to frikkin laser beams 'for the purposes of doing evil'.

Or has someone already filed that one?

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On the toes??

I thought the upskirt folks had prior art on that one?

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Re: On the toes??

No, you just polish your boot's toecaps to a good shine.

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Re: On the toes??

Is that why it's called 'Patent Leather'?

<shuffle, shuffle, slam>

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In other news

As expected, shortly following the release of Google's patented G-love a popular internet site known as YouTube, also owned by Google, has crashed. We understand the YouTube servers all simultaneously failed following a massive upload of videos consisting of hours of nose picking, arse scratching and other videos. Officials of YouTube didn't say twat those videos consisted of but we are confident our viewing audience will be able to finger it out.

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Re: In other news

"Officials of YouTube didn't say twat ...", but many other people did after a few seconds of viewing.

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“methods and systems for gathering and conveying information, for example, such as with a hand of a user…"

So, who do you think would win in the impending lawsuit, evolution or Google?

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I dunno?

I think John Candy's character could have used one of these?

On the other hand, isn't there a proctologists website around somewhere? <cough><cough>

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I think you will find that Michael Jackson had the patent for the all seeing glove!

They could never prove it at his trial though.

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Actually...

It was an all-feeling glove.

Yep, that's my coat, see ya.

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I doubt the patent will hold up in court, seem overly broad to me but then Apple seem to get away with it, so you never know.

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It isn't a matter of if it will hold up in court. It is a matter of if you can afford to attend the court in the first place.

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Joke

Watch out, Max Bygraves

Fingers Ain't Wot They Used T'Be...

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I think you rather missed the (aha) point here

" the method may include using a detector to record a series of images of an environment and detecting a predetermined motion by comparing two or more images in a series.”

This is NOT a description of an aid for the visually impaired as you imply, but a method for capturing gestural inputs without the need for dedicated surface against which to perform them. Kind of an optical mouse built into the finger.

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Re: I think you rather missed the (aha) point here

exactly what I was thinking. I assume this will infact be a form of controller/accessory to their google glasses.

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WTF?

Surely this is too broad for a patent?

If not, i think its time to patent the process of seeing someone else's idea and patenting it...

I've seen gloves designed to detect motion before.. so prior art me thinks.. .but if Apple get away with their pathetic patents, then we have to let Google have a few daft ones... So far Googles not as quick to sue as apple is... but we will see...

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In the future...

"Talk to the hand!" 2.0

"Are they waving or trying to interview me?"

"Why's everybody always always pointing at me?"

"Quit giving me the finger!"

And something for you to patent; they left out the teleprompting screen.

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FFS

Sticking a camera on the end of your finger, glove or no glove, that's patentable ? Have they run out of things to patent ?

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RTFP

I do so wish commentards might spend a little time, Reading The F!£$%£^ Patent, before posting rubbish, especially since the reporter provided a nice handy linky.

But then the comments sections might no be so much fun :)

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Re: RTFP

Okay, I read the patent summary (don't have time to wade through the entire thing at the moment) and I still say that between obviousness (camera on finger? why, whodathunkit?!) and prior art (optical mouse, for one), this is just a prime example of the modern patent system gone awry.

Is ANYTHING obvious anymore?

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Prior art

Red Dwarf: "Terrorform"

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It's a pity a 10 year old can't patent ideas

When I was about 10, I had to watch 'Blake's 7' on a B&W portable TV in the spare room as the main TV was being watched by the rest of the family for something else (can't rememberer what). The antenna was a bit dodgy and I found that by moving my hands in a particular way I could improve or degrade reception. At the time I thought this could be a really cool way to control devices. I figured that you could wear rings of various metals on your fingers and the EMF broadcast from a transmitter could be modified by moving your fingers in a certain predetermined way (ie touch thumb to little finger to change channel up) to alter the signal received at the nominated device. At the time I'd never heard of the Theremin, and it was many years later that I saw something similar in the Steven Spielberg film 'Minority Report'.

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