Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone

According to a patent granted to Apple on Tuesday, iPhones, iPads and other branded equipment could one day sport onboard smoke detection hardware to alert users, and interested parties, of a potentially dangerous situation. Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 9,123,221 for “Wireless device networks with smoke detection capabilities,” as issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

Samsung patents a lightweight fitness tracking band (+photos)

  Samsung may soon offer a super-slim fitness tracker, at least that’s what a patent awarded to the company on Tuesday suggests. The newly approved filing describes a “mobile communications device” with what looks like a lightweight design and a focus on health tracking. The patent, which was filed back in March 2014, doesn’t offer […]

Apple patents face unlock feature for your iPhone

  Fingerprint sensors are probably the most ideal way to unlock your phone, but what about facial recognition? The capability has hung around in the Android camp for a while, and is also coming to your nearest Windows 10 device. And according to a new patent awarded to Apple, your next iPhone might also implement […]