October, 2016

Why Should You Kill Patents?

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Renewing a patent is a major decision that individual patent assignees and companies need to make. Generally, utility patents expire after 20 years from the application filing date if the maintenance fee is not paid, thus no longer protecting it from enforcement. Nearly all patent application owners have limited budgets for patent validations and renewals. Hence, their primary consideration is […]

FPGA: Your Hypercomputer Password

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The Cisco Global Cloud Index has predicted a three-fold increase in data center traffic by 2019. In addition, the world is likely to witness processing of about 86% of workload at cloud data centers, while the remaining 14% will be processed at traditional data centers. The ever increasing demand from individuals and enterprises has evolved the need of hyperscale infrastructure. […]

Feel Music Course Through Your Veins

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It looks like a backpack but it’s a woofer. You wear it on your back and feel the magic of music course through your veins. This is nothing out of a sci-fi feature but a musical backpack designed and created by Canadian company SubPac. SubPac has created a tactile audio technology that transfers low frequencies of music being played into […]

The Great Indian Reluctance to Patent

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The patent system has historically been portrayed by its proponents as neutral and devoid of any moral or ethical values. However, over the years, the arguably neutral patent system has increasingly moral and ethical issues. The idea behind introducing monopoly rights through the patent system was to encourage the inventor to disclose his invention to the public without fear of […]

Walmart’s Shopping Carts Drive Themselves

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Supermarket shopping is convenient. But there’s a tad unpleasantness that creeps in when we need to snake through the alleys, looking up and down, left and right for our desired products. Worse, it gets all the more cumbersome walking with that bulky metal shopping cart, twisting and turning it along those narrow pathways, meandering through a crowded shopping floor. Walmart’s […]

Customize Your Hearing with Amazon’s Headphones

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Headphones have become an integral part of our everyday communication modes, evolving dramatically from long wired beings to compact Bluetooth-enabled ear clip-ons. While it’s physical attributes are still undergoing a metamorphosis, there’s a deeper research activity occurring to power headsets and offer an absolutely noise-free experience. Researchers initially dabbled with passive noise cancellation technology by employing a special material or […]