On January 22, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three new Touch ID patent applications from Apple in addition to one that covers orientation based audio that Apple first revealed back in 2013.
On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on improving the technology related to iDevice backlight units. Apple's invention covers new backlight technology that could potentially allow for high power efficiency while avoiding excessive battery drain. While this isn't an exciting whiz-bang invention, saving power can be realistically appreciated by everyone using any Apple MacBook or iDevice.
Last week we reported on an Apple invention relating to the iPhone or iPad Home Button doubling as a gaming joystick. It was so simple and yet so right. I had noted at the end of that report that it was a nice feature, even though it wasn't a total gaming solution. I guess the gaming gods wanted to remind us today that Apple indeed has other technology on hand to advance game-play functionality on iDevices. The U.S. Patent Office published a patent application today revealing an invention that covers iDevices having sensors built into the backside of the unit giving gamers controller inputs resembling standard gamepad functionality.
On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that discusses how GarageBand, Logic Pro or combination of these apps can create unique and customized drumming loops for various music genres. Apple's patent application was originally filed in July 2013 and published for the public viewing today.
On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that detail the specifics behind Apple Pay via Touch ID. The patent filings meticulously detail how the system will work with making future banking transactions or at current participating retailers and for purchasing apps and other digital media online via the App Store, iTunes and future online stores. The sole inventor behind all three patents that were originally filed in 2013 is Apple's software engineer Greg Kerr who came to Apple via the Authentec acquisition. Greg was VP of Software Development at Authentec.
On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible next-generation multi-functional iDevice Home Button. In the first mode, the Home Button retains its standard functionality. In the second mode, the Home Button transforms into a pure gaming joystick. The transition from one mode to the other is rather simple through a pressure sensor. This looks like it could be serious fun for gamers in the future.
Over the last month we've seen a few 3D patents surface at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from Apple, with two of them coming from PrimeSense, a company that they acquired. PrimeSense's technology was and/or still is behind Microsoft's Kinect. In December we posted two reports covering two of their patents that are now Apple's titled "Apple Patent Reveals a 3D Zoom-Based Gesture User Interface," and "Apple Invents a Highly Advanced Air-Gesturing System for Future iDevices and Beyond." PrimeSense was in fact a "3D sensing company," and this week Patently Apple once again discovered another 3D patent in Europe that Apple has inherited titled "Modular Optics for Scanning Engine." In order for Apple to include a 3D camera in upcoming iDevice designs, Apple will need to rely on technology developed by PrimeSense. Intel is pushing their RealSense 3D camera for 2015 with HP's Sprout desktop computer and Dell's new tablet leading the way. We discussed this further in one of this week's reports. Today's report briefly covers Apple's new technology covering optical 3D mapping technology.
On January 8, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a little more of their work on their recently granted patent regarding a future digital newspaper or periodical. Apple wants to add multimedia.
On Jan 8, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals certain aspects of the technology behind fingerprint sensors that measure fingerprint patterning using electric field sensing. Apple notes that when the voltages on the finger are too high, as when using Touch ID, certain persons with very sensitive fingers may feel that voltage in form of a slight tingling. Apple's invention shows Apple's work on this problem that likely took place prior to Touch ID coming to market.
Back in 2012 we originally covered Apple's 3D eye-tracking interface invention that described 3D UI effects such as parallax, interaction within a virtual 3D world and more. Then late in December 2014 we covered Apple's granted patent regarding this technology. The patent was titled "Three dimensional user interface effects on a display by using properties of motion." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that shows that they're updating their 3D invention. The additions are key and in sync with a newly discovered patent in Europe today regarding a 3D camera.