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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

July 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Local patents: Myhrvold’s body air bags, plus Wi-Fi diagnostics

A few Eastside inventors shared some news on the patent front this week.

Conor Myhrvold, son of Intellectual Ventures boss Nathan, e-mailed to say his human air bag system received a patent recently.

Myhrvold, a Princeton sophomore, co-invented the system with a few others, including his brother, father and Edward Jung, who co-founded Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue.

The “wearable/portable protection system for a body” is envisioned as a system with sensors that trigger the inflation of protective bags with a gas.

An image in the patent:

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From the explanation:

“In an embodiment, system 100 may be worn by a locomotion-challenged person to cushion against prospective falls or collisions with environmental objects. In another embodiment, system 100 may be worn by athletes in lieu of traditional body-padding, helmets, and/or guards. In another embodiment, system 100 may be worn by people riding bicycles, skate-boarding, skating, skiing, snow-boarding, sledding and/or while engaged in various other sports or activities.”

Meanwhile, Steve Leytus, president of Redmond’s Nuts About Nets, said the company has applied for patents on a new Wi-Fi diagnostic technology.

The “indirect measurement of microwave interference” technology — or IMMI — enables standard 802.11 devices to be used as RF analyzers, to quantify the performance of 802.11 channels.

Leytus said in the announcement that IMMI could also be used on Wi-Fi chips to provide real-time monitoring of channel performance, perhaps enabling them to dynamically change to the optimum channel.

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