Apple won 59 Patents today covering the Gesture Recognition 'AssistiveTouch' Feature for Apple Watch & more
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report we briefly cover two Apple Watch patents. The first covers Machine Learning in context with the Apple Watch Assistive Touch feature that recognizes hand gestures. The second patent covers strengthening the Apple Watch cover glass. And as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Machine-learning based Gesture Recognition using Multiple Sensors ON Apple Watch
Earlier this month, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's VP and Managing Director of Greater China delivered a Keynote at the Shanghai World Artificial Intelligence Conference." In the report we pointed to Apple's vice president and managing director of Greater China, Ge Yue, point out Apple use of Machine Learning in Apple Watch.
Yue stated that "Assistive Touch on the Apple Watch allows users with limited mobility to control the Apple Watch through gestures. Instead of tapping the display, the feature combines on-device machine learning with data from the Apple Watch's built-in sensors to help detect subtle differences in muscle movement and tendon activity. By including a gyroscope, accelerometer, and optical heart rate sensor, users can control the Apple Watch with hand movements such as pinching or making a fist.
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple the patent behind assistive touch that uses gesture recognition, including machine-learning based gesture recognition primarily on Apple Watch.
Apple's patent FIG. 2 below illustrates an example device that may implement a system for machine-learning based gesture recognition; FIG. 3 illustrates an example architecture, that may be implemented by an electronic device, for machine-learning based gesture recognition.
Apple's patent FIGS. 4A-4B above illustrate example diagrams of respective sensor outputs of an Apple Watch that may indicate a gesture.
Review granted patent 11,449,802 for more details that are behind the Apple Watch Assistive Touch feature.
Strengthened Cover for Apple Watch
some conventional glass covers may warp during chemical strengthening. Warpage of the cover can make it more difficult to form a seal between the glass cover and another part of the electronic device housing. The tendency for warpage can increase with increasing amounts of chemical strengthening.
Aspects of the following disclosure relate to methods for chemically strengthening a cover for an electronic device. In embodiments, the cover defines a mounting surface that forms a seal with an enclosure component of the electronic device. In embodiments, the cover has a three-dimensional (3D) shape that includes a flange which defines the mounting surface.
The cover may be formed of an ion-exchangeable material, such as a glass. In some embodiments, the methods include at least two ion-exchange operations and an intermediate operation of locally removing material from the mounting surface of the cover.
Apple's patent FIG. 1B below depicts an example exploded view of an Apple Watch. The cover (#120) includes a central portion (#140) and a flange portion #150; FIG. 6 depicts a flowchart of an additional example method for producing a chemically strengthened cover.
For more details, review Apple's granted patent 11,447,416.
Earlier today Patently Apple posted four Granted patent reports as follows:
01: Apple wins a Patent for a Scene Camera System for a Mixed Reality Headset that includes a 2-Dimensional Array of Cameras
02: Apple wins a Patent for devices that will provide users with displays that angle content so as to create a form of Privacy Mode
03: Apple has won two Project Titan Patents relating to Sliding Doors, Unfolding Sunroof Panels & Reinforced Windows, and …
04: Apple wins a Patent for a Mixed Reality HMD that could assist those with various stages of Alzheimer's Disease
Today’s Remaining Granted Patents