Apple Won 55 Patents today covering Technology behind Face ID, a Virtual Noticeboard, Attachment Mechanisms and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover granted patents relating to a Virtual Noticeboard, Attachment Apparatuses and 3D Spatial Information. In the big picture, the latter patent relates to the technology used for Apple's TrueDepth camera using a dot projector instead of traditional laser beams to determine 3D imagery which is power hungry and not suitable for devices like the iPhone. Apple was also granted a series of design patents covering the lightning connector and Apple Store shopping bags. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Resolving 3D Spatial Information
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to the field of digital image capture, and more particularly to the field of three dimensional (3D) image capturing. The patent describes the use of "projecting dot patterns" which is used in Apple's Face ID.
Apple notes that one type of non-contacting technology involves using a structured-light source to capture 3D images. Structured-light sources project a known pattern of light (e.g., a stripe pattern) onto the surfaces of a physical object to detect for deformations in the pattern. One or more cameras capture the pattern deformities as the structured-light is illuminated onto the physical object. Using the captured pattern deformities, an image capturing system is able to calculate the depth and surface information within the field of view of the camera.
Apple's patent FIG. 3A above is a schematic diagram of an embodiment of a multi-camera system; FIG. 3B shows, in block diagram form, the multi-camera system determining relative location and orientation of each of the cameras.
Patently Apple originally covered this as a patent application report back in November 2017. See our original report for more on this invention. Apple's granted patent 9,930,320 was originally filed in Q2 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Virtual Noticeboard User Interaction
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic devices that display a virtual noticeboard, and user interactions with such devices.
In some embodiments, a device captures video data of a person in front of a display while a user interface that is associated with a noticeboard is displayed on the display, after capturing the video data, in accordance with a determination that one or more object-identification criteria are met, identifies an object in the video data that is associated with the person in front of the display, in response to identifying the object in the video data, stores an image of the object in the video data, and after storing the image of the object, in accordance with a determination that object addition criteria have been met, adds the image of the object to the noticeboard. In some embodiments, the object-identification criteria include a criterion that is met when, in the video data, a predefined spatial relationship exists between the object and the person.
Apple's FIG. 6M illustrates an iPad receiving an input after identifying and/or storing an image of object #608 in video data #606. The input is optionally an input on a touch-sensitive surface or an in air gesture input detected by an optical camera coupled to the electronic device.
Today in-Air gestures are not available. However, they could be in the not-too-distant future as one of the next steps/features for Apple's TrueDepth Camera. Apple's Finisar partner for VCSEL lasers for 3D sensing recently revealed that "gesture recognition" was one of three applications for VCSEL lasers.
Apple's granted patent 9,930,287 was filed in Q3 2015 and published today by USPTO.
Granted Patent: Attachment Apparatuses and associated Methods of use and Manufacture
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to attachment apparatuses, and more particularly, to attachment apparatuses including straps or bands with at least one point of attachment. Apple's granted patent describes various embodiments that relate to attachment apparatuses.
The at least one attachment point may include at least one magnetic feature configured to attach and detach the device and the length of material. The material can include but is not limited to cloth, metallic (magnetic and non-magnetic), fibrous material, and so forth.
In the sampling of patent figures below we're able to see attachment elements and points for apparatuses such as an iPod armband, a possible future iPad cover, new kind of shoe laces and a couple of Apple Watch woven magnetic bands. Patent FIG. 30B below shows a cross-sectional view of a strap system including a clasp and magnetic features and FIG 34A shows a perspective view of a strap system including a clasp and magnetic features.
Apple's granted patent 9,926,953 was originally filed in Q3 2015 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Design Patents
Apple was granted 7 design patents today covering 4 GUI elements (not shown), an old Apple Store 'display stand component' (D813,576), Apple's lightning connector and Apple Store paper bags.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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