Here’s a quick recap of patents that Microsoft granted this week; First, Microsoft is awarded a patent for applying “digital makeup” to participants in a video-conference call. Also granted a patent for a method of using a proxy window to alert users when an “application crashes”. Both of those could be trumped by Microsoft's recently surfaced patent application for a "brain pedometer." "The system includes mechanisms that obtain indication of brain activity associated with an individual which can be utilized to ensure that individual is maximizing his or her brain activity," the abstract reads. "Where it is determined that individual isn’t optimally utilizing his or her brain, feedback can be directed to individual in order to stimulate brain activity in a specified response center of brain."