Interesting Patents
TUESDAY, February 1, 2022

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants hundreds of new patents every week, showcasing the most exciting developments in technology and innovation.

In this article, we highlight several interesting US patents recently issued by the USPTO.

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Vanishing illusion system
Universal city studios
US PAT. NO. 11,235,258


Disclosed is a system for a theme park ride with a vanishing illusion. A transition glass creates the illusion with a mirrored portion and a transparent portion aligned based on the ride’s location. When a trigger is activated, the system determines whether the system should display the illusion’s transparent or mirrored portion to the user.

Route navigation system within a game application environment
US Pat. No. 11,235,241


This patent discloses a method of providing a route to a player in a virtual environment based on data aggregated from other game players. By compiling user navigation data across various game environments, the system can provide the player with the most effective navigation within the virtual world.

Method and system for reconstructing obstructed face portions for virtual reality environment


Facebook has patented a method for rendering an unobstructed view of a user’s face in a virtual environment using a virtual reality headset. The unobstructed view is created in the metaverse by first using offline data to establish a reference image of the user’s face. The system then provides a 3D transformation to the offline data to recreate the obstructed face portions in the metaverse.

Method of controlling a pump to convert non-potable to potable water from waste heat
US PAT. NO. 11,235,986


Electronic devices all have one unsolvable issue, heat generation. Microsoft has disclosed a system that uses captured heat from devices to treat water. The heat radiated from thermal inefficiencies of electronic devices can be captured and subsequently used to help purify non-potable water. In addition to water treatment, Microsoft has disclosed utilizing the heat from the devices for energy generation and heating. For example, data centers with many servers generate large amounts of heat due to thermal inefficiencies. Being able to harness the waste heat to perform other tasks would decrease the cost of cooling these data centers and provide a secondary benefit to the surrounding community.

Player-tracking video game


Facebook has patented a method for a virtual reality rhythm-based game. This patent includes references to the popular videogame Beat Saber. It would appear that Facebook wants patent protection for this game and games like it.