On this Patently Apple report, we cowl a collection of 4 Apple patents for wearable loop gadgets, HomePod mini, ultrasonic sensors and a drone antenna system. Most of our patent report pertains to Apple’s patented Wearable Loops with Embedded Circuitry. These wearable loops can accumulate numerous details about a consumer reminiscent of biometrics, ID, medical info, whereas they’re an enter machine, Apple’s future combined actuality headset and extra.
Apple notes that digital gadgets could be worn on a consumer’s physique or hooked up to an object. For instance, an digital machine could have a loop, strap, or rope-like form that may be looped, tied, or in any other case secured round an individual, animal, or object.
Digital gadgets could also be worn on a consumer’s wrist or neck, could also be looped by way of an object reminiscent of a key, collar, or briefcase, or could also be in any other case hooked up to an individual or object. Digital gadgets that may be hooked up to an individual, animal or object, typically known as transportable digital gadgets within the type of a loop, stringed devices or string-like digital gadgets, can be utilized to gather details about the particular person or object to which the digital machine is hooked up (e.g. location info, exercise info, identification info, medical or biometric info, and so on.).
It will also be used to gather consumer enter (e.g. contact enter, compelled enter, movement enter and/or speech enter), can be utilized to supply a consumer with outputs (haptic output, audio output and/or visible output), can be utilized to retailer identification details about the particular person or object to which the string machine is hooked up, can be utilized used to retailer messages for a consumer, can be utilized as an anchor or visible marker in an augmented actuality or digital actuality system, and/or can be utilized for different capabilities.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 is a diagram of an illustrative system together with a loop transportable digital machine; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of an illustrative loop-shaped transportable digital machine having a fabric wire and a housing unit; Fig. 5 is a perspective view of an illustrative loop-shaped transportable digital machine inserted by way of an object reminiscent of a key; Fig. 6 is a perspective view of an illustrative loop-shaped transportable digital machine hung from an object reminiscent of a doorknob.
Apple’s patent FIG. 9 under is a perspective view of an illustrative loop-shaped transportable digital machine worn round a consumer’s neck; Fig. 10 is a perspective view of illustrative loop-shaped transportable digital gadgets worn on a consumer’s wrist; Fig. 29 is a perspective view of an illustrative wristwatch machine displaying relative areas of close by loop-shaped wearable digital gadgets.
At the moment, Apple up to date this invention by including 20 new patent claims. Typically there are new patent claims to guard the patent by highlighting options that Apple particularly needs to guard.
In different circumstances, reminiscent of the present patent, Apple has added new elements to the invention, reminiscent of: including “near-field communication” circuits that weren’t a part of the unique patent. Apple additionally emphasizes ‘Digital Actuality content material’ of their patent claims, when it was barely a footnote within the unique patent. Apple has included Digital Actuality content material within the following two claims:
Patent Declare #1: “A system comprising: a primary digital machine comprising: a housing having a round form; a fabric loop configured to couple the housing to an merchandise; and an ultra-wideband transmitter within the housing configured to transmit ultra-wideband indicators; and a second digital machine configured to find out a location of the merchandise based mostly on the ultra-wideband indicators, whereby the second digital machine includes a show configured to show: digital actuality content material based mostly on the merchandise’s location:†
Patent Declare #9: The system outlined in declare 1, whereby: the primary digital machine serves as an anchor for the digital actuality content material†
Apple additionally put new emphasis on “non-visual output”. The unique patent as soon as lined it, whereas Apple particularly mentions this in 5 patent claims (#7, 14, 15, 18, and 19).
To view the total 20 added patent claims, try Apple’s follow-up patent 20220069625† As it is a continuation patent, the timing of promoting such a product is unknown right now.
Different New and Up to date Patents of Curiosity
01: “Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors and Associated Methods and Strategies” (Associated to AirPods. Apple added 20 new patent claims).
02: The patent behind HomePod mini (every little thing you need to learn about it)
03To: “Plane Unmanned Aerial Configurations.” In October 2022 titled “An Apple Drone Patent Revealed At the moment Describes Unmanned Arial Methods in Mobile Networks.” A brand new drone-related patent has been revealed right now.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 under illustrates by means of instance a diagram of 1 side of a UAV with a configurable antenna array in an antenna module; Fig. 6 illustrates, by means of instance, a diagram of methods for communication between a UAV #100 and a communication community.
Apple’s patent utility 20220069449 revealed right now has been acquired from Intel. The patent notes that the proposed antenna system is “put in on an Intel Aero drone”.