Google’s Project Jacquard: Textile-Based Device Controls

Textile Devices with Controls Built into them

I remember my father building some innovative plastics blow molding machines where he added a central processing control device to the machines so that all adjustable controls could be changed from one place. He would have loved seeing what is going on at Google these days, and the hardware that they are working on developing, which focuses on building controls into textiles and plastics.

Outside of search efforts from Google, but it is interesting seeing what else they may get involved in since that is beginning to cover a wider and wider range of things, from self-driving cars to glucose analyzing contact lenses. I was surprised to see a web page from Levi’s showing a joint project from Google and Levis on their Project Jacquard.

This morning I tweeted an article I saw in the Sun, from the UK that was kind of interesting: Seating Plan Google’s creating touch-sensitive car seats that will switch on air con, sat-nav and change music with a BUM WIGGLE

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New Visual Search Photo Features from Google

These details come from an anonymous source who also gave us a bit more details on the project. The report states there will be a new feature integrated, allowing users to outline specific areas of the image in order to directly target their searches.

Added 1/13/2020 – Google Goggles no longer exists, but many of the features that it had, and might have had added to it, such as the ability to focus upon objects within a photo are features that are included in Google Lens. I am updating this post to point to that app instead of Google Goggles.

In Google Goggles, one can only search the whole image, which has proven to bring plenty of discrepancies. Images often display plenty of distractions, background items and other objects that may throw off a search result. According to the sketch provided, the system will also be able to recommend retailers for purchasing products, as well as other details.

Furthermore, it is said this technology has also been tested in “wearable computing devices”. This could suggest this technology may come to products like Google Glass and possibly even VR (or AR) headsets.

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Google Files Patent for Wearable Nanotechnology Anti-Cancer Technology

wearable nanotechnology

A Patent Application Published at WIPO today from Google, with the name Nanoparticle Phoresis by inventor Conrad Andrew Jason.

The patent’s description begins by telling us how this wearable device would work:

A wearable device can automatically modify or destroy one or more targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect by transmitting energy into subsurface vasculature proximate to the wearable device. The targets could be any substances or objects that, when present in the blood, or present at a particular concentration or range of concentrations, may affect a medical condition or the health of the person wearing the device. For example, the targets could include enzymes, hormones, proteins, cells or other molecules. Modifying or destroying the targets could include causing any physical or chemical change in the targets such that the ability of the targets to cause the adverse health effect is reduced or eliminated.

Research Developed at Purdue University announced a couple of years ago describe how such an approach could target a malady such as cancer: Nanoparticles, ‘pH phoresis’ could improve cancer drug delivery

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Some Patents Behind Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Cortana

In January, Microsoft introduced a new build of Windows 10, which it will be giving away for free for non-enterprise users running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. One of the features on this update is a personal digital assistant that goes by the name Cortana.

It’s one of the most anticipated features of the new Windows 10, and I’ve started digging through patents at the USPTO to get some hints of what this might mean for us. An article published recently got me started, with the name, Here’s how to make the most of Cortana, the Windows 10 digital assistant.

You’ve likely seen Apple’s Personal Assistant Siri, which was featured on a number of celebrity enhanced advertisements, and you may have seen people writing about Google Now, which feeds you cards to give you information that it predicts you might need or want when that information becomes available. Cortana is Microsoft’s entry into the Personal Assistant field.

Cortana is supposedly “powered by Bing” and “developed for Windows Phone 8.1”, and it looks like an important feature in Windows 10. I’ve been having difficulties defining what “powered by Bing” actually means, except that it seems to imply that all of the questions asked to Cortana are answered by the Bing search engine.

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All Hands on the Microsoft Holodeck: A Look at Some of the Hololens Patents

I’ve written about some of the patents involved in Google’s Project Glass in the past, and very recently about the Google Ventures’ funded Magic Leap. Project Glass still exists, but it appears to now have new leadership and a new direction.

A heads Up Display from Microsoft
From “Exercising applications for personal audio/visual system” US8847988 B2

And then seemingly out of nowhere Microsoft announces a pair of goggles that they’ve been developing secretly, named the Hololens. And they’ve been feeding news sources some interesting information about them, like the article at Wired titled, “Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles“. Continue reading “All Hands on the Microsoft Holodeck: A Look at Some of the Hololens Patents”