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Bezos Patenting 'Dumb' Tablets, Glasses, Windshields

theodp (442580) writes | 1 year,30 days

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theodp (442580) writes "GeekWire reports on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' pending patent on remote displays that communicate with base stations and operate on wireless power. Reducing devices to mere screens with minimal storage that receive pre-rendered content (e.g., bitmap images), the patent application explains, eliminates the need for bulky batteries or processors, and employing techniques like electromagnetic or electrostatic induction allows one to cut the cord completely. Such remote displays, Amazon suggests, could find a home on college campuses (tablets), in your car (windshield displays or DVD players), and even on your face (eyeglasses)."

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Seriously, Bezos? (1)

russotto (537200) | 1 year,30 days | (#43278249)

Can you actually practice these inventions? Or is this a case of "gathering foam" as Justice Bradley warned about in 1882?

How does this pass the test? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,30 days | (#43278449)

I can't see how this is in any way original or unique. Getting a bunch of things that exist and easily tie them together is not patentable.

Let's compare with the CSIRO patent. At the heart, same thing, a bunch of technologies, theory and ideas that already exist into a product. It passes the unique test due to the unique factor - no one else managed to get it to work and it requires a specific formula (which incidentally cost CSIRO millions to develop) to function as a unit.

In comparison, this guy is patenting the equivalent of lego plus power source plus x and y for which I would be surprised if there are not already examples in the wild.

How silly.

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