Interesting Patents
TUESDAY, February 8, 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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User-driven spectator channel for live game play in multi-player games


Sony has patented a system for providing spectator access to a live multiplayer game. Viewer analytics are determined for user interaction with the spectated stream. The user interaction data is then associated with the stream and broadcast across the network, enabling other users to join the stream.

Radar-based system for sensing touch and in-the-air interactions


The claimed process can determine a user’s gestures in free space. The system utilizes radar waves to identify and analyze user movements within the vicinity of the radar source. The system can then determine a user’s activity from how the objects in the area reflect the radar waves. Users can use this system to provide a simulation of touch control or enable a wider variety of motion to be utilized by the system.

Methods and apparatus to avoid collisions in shared physical spaces using universal mapping of virtual environments


Intel’s patent discloses a process for preventing user collisions in a virtual environment. Each user’s mobile device will index the user’s expected motion. When the system detects a collision based on the indexed activity, it can generate an object in the virtual environment that forces the users to change their path and avoid the collision.

Generating 3D structures using genetic programming to satisfy functional and geometric constraints


Adobe has patented a method for making a three-dimensional structure. The iterative process generates an initial three-dimensional representation and, with each iteration, determines the fitness of the generated object. Based on the three-dimensional fitness, the system reconfigures the three-dimensional structure for the next iteration.



Tesla was granted a patent for its solar roof tile system. Each module comprises a photovoltaic cell, a spacer, and an electrical connection that allows for a plurality of modules to interconnect and create a microgrid when installed on a roof. This system can enable all of the modules to interconnect physically and electrically without any additional hardware. These modules are, therefore, replaceable and, due to the nature of their interconnectivity, they may avoid a system failure when individual module failure occurs.