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:
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.