The US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple today that reveal their ongoing work regarding advanced haptics and new iOS interface elements and metaphors for consumers and the enterprise. At a basic level, Apple's advanced haptics invention may have played a role in Apple's new Apple Watch.
During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO pointed out that Apple currently has 90% of the tablet market in education. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Graphical User Interface for group reading environments such as the education market. The system uses an iPad (or MacBook) to allow students to follow a group reading session where teachers could grade them based on vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension, emotion, speed, fluency, prosody and so much more. Apple's patent 6a noted above illustrates a group reading session starting.
On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a pop-up menu system for iDevices using pro apps like Apple's Numbers or Pages or Microsoft's Excel or Word that could be customized by the user. The interface will also be able to be used on a future iPad Plus or iPad Pro (whatever they brand it) using a physical keyboardaccessory.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent brief we find that Apple has invented a tool for developers where there's a common "Makefile" that could be used to create software for any platform.
In February 2011 HP first introduced an innovative feature for their new TouchPad tablets running WebOS called "Touch to Share." HP Fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation. In that same month we posted a granted patent report that described something similar that Apple had been working on. Of course in typical Apple fashion, the concepts envisioned appeared to be far more creative as they implement gesturing with Physics Metaphors. In one example, as noted in our cover graphic, they introduced a metaphor mirroring the ability to "pour out" files from one device to another like pouring water. Today Apple was granted a third patent covering this possible future gesture for transferring files between two iOS devices and more.
On September 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new visual reminder system for the iPhone that could incorporate pop-up maps as a handy reminder of the location of your appointment. Our report also provides you with links to several other mildly interesting patents published today covering varying technologies. One is about an interesting sapphire process (which we covered earlier in a European filing weeks ago) to strengthen the material. The others cover camera related technologies, integrated pressure sensors for displays and a way to make mobile device displays even lighter and brighter. The last one covers a possible new Maps UI that will use a new virtual reality gimmick allowing users to experience a form of X-Ray vision effect.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent for radial menus for both Macs and iDevices.
On August 21, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the addition of a new intelligent dimension to a future iOS Home Screen. Let's say that there's an app that you'll need to access quickly like an airline ticket that's currently buried in a folder on page 4 of your Home Screen. In the future, iOS will know to automatically bring that app or digital ticket up to your starting Home Page based on your proximity to the airport or concert hall so that there's no fumbling around at the gate. Although it's a simple idea, it represents the kind of convenience that we've just come to expect from Apple in making our everyday digital lives a little easier as time goes on.
Way before there was any hype about a Healthbook or HealthKit from Apple there was a patent application that we covered back in 2010 concerning a future iPhone with a seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor titled "Apple Takes a Giant Leap in Biometrics with Heart Sensors." This was one of the first indicators that Apple was exploring next generation sensors for the iPhone and other future wearables such Apple's EarPods which this patent covered specifically. Today, the US Patent Office published a few new Apple patent applications regarding health sensors – with the one noted above being revisited by Apple.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed a new visual dialing method designed for your iPhone that could end audible menu-hell that we now have to deal with when calling a business such as our Cable Company, a bank, a utility company and so forth. Today when calling a business with your iPhone, you have to go through a maze of audio prompts to get you to the right department for assistance or to perform a simple task. This archaic system could one day be replaced with Apple's simple next-generation visual menu system so that businesses will be able to recognize that you're calling from a mobile device and send your iPhone a simple set of visual menu options so that you could determine the speed of the menu prompts that will get you to the right department quickly. The system is designed for businesses to set up via a cloud based service.
On May 01, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals possible future CarPlay user interface features. One such feature is a simple buy button allowing the passenger of the car to make a quick purchase of a tune heard on the radio. Although Apple doesn't mention it, I'm sure that they're working on a "Siri" voice command equivalent that wouldn't be distracting to the driver. Last week we learned that Apple invented a technology likely aimed at Carplay that will not allow a driver to text while their vehicle is running. REPORT UPDATED 8:45 PST:The report now extends to five Apple patents covering CarPlay and iTunes Radio.
On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Nike that reveals a new motorized footwear adjustment system that will work with the Nike-Apple created Nike + iPod system. Nike's idea is absolutely crazy, but I like it. Nike's new system will allow professional athletes and sporting enthusiasts alike to program their running shoes so that they could attain the ultimate comfort level each and every time they put their runners on. It'll provide athletes with a snugness that's unique to their needs. It's an automatic shoe lace adjustment system on steroids. Your laces will never come undone again at any time. More importantly, Nike's patent clearly confirms that this new system will work with Apple's iPhone and the Nike + iPod system including the iPod sensor. Yes, there's a new Nike + iPod system update in the making and many sporting fans will truly appreciate Nike's attention to detail and for making their next generation footwear even that much more comfortable for their hard runs and gaming needs.
On March 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on bringing a common radial styled menu system to both iOS devices and Macs. Just last week Google filed a patent for an advanced radial menu design for possible use in a future version of Android. At the moment, Samsung is the only one that has successfully launched a radial menu on a portable device.
At the top of the month Apple introduced CarPlay at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future advanced interactive vehicle manual. The patent titled "Identifying and Presenting Information based on Unique Vehicle Identifier," will in effect reinvent the in-vehicle owner's manual. It will be able to provide users with the exact part numbers needed for their vehicle and via GPS tell them what dealers or auto shops nearby carry them. The system could provide users with video instructions about problems occurring in the vehicle and may even use Siri to converse with the manual. While at the time of this patent filing Apple focused on the manual being run on portable devices like the iPhone and iPad, the patent hints of it being used in an auto's radio which will likely now translate into being accessible via CarPlay.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a powerful new invention that has come out of the blue. It could apply to a future version of Siri that is designed to work with distributed sensors that a user could place throughout their home, Office or beyond. It's an advanced reminder system that could notify you that it's time to take your medications or that you have appointments or meetings in any room equipped with the appropriate sensors. The application has no limits. It could apply to reminding users of TV programing or any other reminder type users deem important. This wild invention coming to light right after Jonathan Ive's recent statement that Apple is at the beginning of remarkable time, is impeccably timed.