The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today of which two are industrial designs covering the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch. Two other notables within this group includes one that relates to a smart garment or smart shoe that may suggest that Nike and Apple may actually be working on a more sophisticated runner in the future and the other patent relates to the iPod touch and its assembly.
On March 11, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's media players used in the gym or private workouts. Apple's latest patent is all about the user creating their own custom workout templates so that they could kick start their workouts faster than before. No more starting your workout from scratch. I enjoy using the Nike + iPod system that provides me with all the stats that I need. In the future, I'll be able to set custom templates for other types of workouts be it for using a rowing machine, weight lifting or other type of exercise. Apple indicates that voice commands will be available in the future which is interesting. Apple also revisits the "virtual competitor" which was first covered in September 2009. This will allow users to compete on a treadmill against friends working out at another gym across town – to help with the monotony of routine workouts.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include one relating to the Nike + iPod device and monitoring system, another for an iPod workout armband, two very detailed multi-touch related patents covering noise detection in Multi-Touch sensors, another covering Apple's iPhoto calendar interface and finally we see that Apple has won their third patent related to the MagSafe magnetic connector.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include a design win for Apple's cool iMac, a Media Player System patent that covers the iPod's connector, the docking station and a few other interesting concepts that have yet to surface. Rounding off Apple's more interesting wins today, we see another granted patent relating to a future application for Apple TV that involves live sporting event statistics and a whole lot more. This is very cool technology that hopefully will surface in the coming years.
Beyond the four design patentsthat were granted to Apple this morning, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 other newly granted patents that were issued to Apple today. The notables within this group include two key patents relating to the Nike + iPod product covering various antenna technologies and the iPod/iPhone adapter, Apple's iPhone Stereo Headset, another virtual keyboard patent, an important multi-touch/multi-event touch patent and lastly a camera related patent covering the prevention of media file damage.
Within a year it's been for Apple patents regarding Athletic Sensory Technology! In March we read about advanced sensors relating to ski and biking equipment. In April we read about sensors in cyclist's helmets with GPS and head-gesturing. In June we were blown away with news about advanced Sports-TV technologies covering kick boxing, wrestling, NASCAR racing and more and in September Apple rocked the gym with new sensory technology for treadmills and other gym equipment. Today's newly published patent is no less exciting with new sensory devices being devised by Apple. The two main devices include a new headset/earplug system and an arm or belt band all of which incorporate advanced sensors that monitor your heart and oxygen levels without the need of using a traditional chest strap-on system. Apple's patent also covers a new pedometer which of course was incorporated into their latest video iPod nano. So the technology is slowing crawling to market and perhaps we'll see more exciting components described in this year's patents come to life in 2010.
On September 3, 2009, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals much of what's behind the Nike + iPod program to Rock the Gym. The program currently is working with next generation cardio equipment from Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, TechnoGym, Cybex, Freemotion and Matrix while promoted by both Fitness and Virgin Active sports clubs.Apple's patent illustrates how any of their media players, including their new 3G-S could be connected to various kinds of cardio equipment to record data such as calories burned, elapsed time, distance, speed, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, incline, resistance, effort, and other types of information.The sports media system could wirelessly upload your workout data to your home computer and also uniquely allow you to compete with a colleague in the gym or in your city, somewhere else in the country or even on another continent. This is Apple's fourth sporting relating patent this year with others touching on extreme sports, advanced sports monitoring systems and a futuristic Apple TV sporting program.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of four newly granted patents for Apple Inc. yesterday and one of them was covered earlier this morning in our other report titledApple Granted Patents for Smartbook & Find My iPhone Related Technologies. In fact, this is simply the second segment of that patent originally titled "Personal items network, and associated methods." In this focused report, we explore Apple's continuing march into sports monitoring devices and systems which we first covered in our March report. The difference in this report is that we see that the patent calls for a TV system to advance the concepts of movement and event monitoring systems in a very entertaining way. Lord knows that Apple TV needs a killer app of its very own to catapult this hobby device into being a contender for this all important in-home market segment. The patent also reveals an advanced heart rate monitor system and in many ways, Apple may be considering a Nike+iPod-like equivalent program for skiers, snowboarders and related sports.
A new patent application filed by Apple was revealed today by the USPTO. The filing generally relates to a "Sports Monitoring System for Headphones, Earbuds and/or Headsets." The patent basically states that the first generation sports monitoring system Nike + iPod - monitored distance and speed, whereas the next generation systems would facilitate sensing of other user characteristics (e.g., biometric data), such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate. If successful, the system would effectively compete against Polar, the leader in heart rate monitoring systems, who has just released a "foot pod" system to compete against the Nike + iPod system. In Polar's advanced CS600X system, also just released, they introduce an advanced GPS sensor system that works with Google Earth to help color code heart rate zones for cyclists and so forth. Apple's latest patent likewise introduces the use of a GPS receiver in conjunction with directional sensors to determine the direction of a user's gaze. The system would be incorporated into headphones and/or headgear, such as a cyclist's helmet. The secondary strength of this patent focuses on an advanced head gesturing system to control varying aspects of the adjoining monitoring system and/or iPhone/iPod. Head gestures, which could be a part of a sophisticated language like Morse code, states Apple, could control the iPhone/iPod controls in varying degrees.
The USPTO has officially revealed one of Apple's great Issued Patents which covers extreme sports. Apple is apparently working on an activity monitoring system that uses speed and loft sensors amongst others to monitor ski, snowboard and mountain bike jumps. For example, a typical snowboarding person might regularly exclaim after a jump that she "caught" some "big sky," "big air" or "phat air" without ever quantitatively knowing how much time really elapsed in the air. Apple's invention is to provide an apparatus and method for determining the "air" time of participants in sporting activities. The system is also shown to work with a monitoring watch, very much like a Polar style device. As in the case of Apple working with Nike, Apple may now be working with leaders in other sporting arenas. Whether Apple will modify the iPod in any way or simply debut a series of new devices like a smart-watch is unknown at this time. But for now, it's clear that Apple has their eyes on advancing deeper into the sporting market. Extreme Sport enthusiasts - get ready!