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Apple lands patent for bayonet-mounted iPhone lenses, similar to Seattle startup’s approach

Want to attach a 100mm lens to an iPhone? A new Apple patent suggests that official detachable lenses may be coming soon. The Cupertino-based company has won a patent that governs “Bayonet attachment mechanisms” for connecting an external lens to a smartphone. Most modern cameras with interchangeable lenses use bayonet mounts, which use a pair of… Read More

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Now you can own those body-worn cameras worn by police

For the past six years, Seattle-based Vievu has helped more than 3,000 police agencies around the world with body-worn cameras that record what’s happening on the job. But recently, Vievu founder Steve Ward saw a new business opportunity. Everyone from real estate agents to plumbers to bus drivers began asking Vievu to make cameras specifically for… Read More

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Take a picture with your voice? Microsoft wants a patent on it

Tired of using a timer to snap a picture? Microsoft has a solution for you. Well, it’s not a particularly original solution, at least not at this point. But the company is hoping to patent the approach. A newly surfaced patent application, first reported by Patent Bolt, describes a method for “voice-controlled camera operations,” in… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures sues Ricoh and Canon, says they pose a ‘threat to innovation’

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures on Tuesday filed its second complaint against Canon and first against Ricoh for infringing on its patents dealing with printing technology. IV approached both companies and tried to engage in licensing discussions, but those obviously never panned out. This follows a series of IV lawsuits against Toshiba, Symantec, AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream, all filed… Read More

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VIDEO: Here’s what customers think of a Seattle bar banning Google Glasses

If you haven’t heard yet, Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe is one of the first establishments to declare a ban on Google Glasses to prevent its patrons from being recorded by the high-tech glasses (but also as a bit of a joke, the bar’s owner admits). Google’s high-tech augmented reality “Project Glass” spectacles are still in development and not available for purchase by… Read More