Apple Invents a new Thermal Control System for a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle and Files for the new 'Freeform' iPadOS App Trademark
Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to new kind of thermal control system for a hybrid-electric vehicle.
In Apple's patent background they note that thermal conditioning of a vehicle cabin in an electric or hybrid-electric vehicle can be more difficult than in a vehicle operating with a combustion engine since excess, waste, or by-product heat available from the propulsion system is limited. Some electric and hybrid-electric vehicles employ positive-temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters with ceramic components that vary in electrical resistance depending on operational temperatures. However, PTC heaters can be expensive and require high current levels and high-power consumption in cold temperature environments, expending high levels of energy. Novel vehicle cabin configurations, such as a cabin configuration including opposed seats and an open interior, increase a thermal conditioning priority for occupants seated in a rear of the vehicle cabin as compared to occupants seated at a front of the vehicle cabin.
One aspect of Apple's invention covers a thermal control system for a vehicle. The thermal control system includes a first heat exchanger configured to thermally condition first intake airflow received at a first end of a vehicle cabin, a second heat exchanger configured to thermally condition second intake airflow received at a second end the vehicle cabin, a thermal loop circulating a working fluid between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, and a flow control system configured to cause the working fluid to circulate in opposite flow directions through the thermal loop for the first and second heat exchangers to operate in heating and cooling modes.
The thermal control system includes a front module configured to thermally condition external intake airflow received from an exterior of a front end of the vehicle, a rear module configured to thermally condition rear intake airflow received from an interior of a vehicle cabin of the vehicle, a thermal loop circulating a working fluid between the front module and the rear module, and a flow control system configured to cause the working fluid to circulate in opposite flow directions through the thermal loop between the front and rear modules based on operating mode of the front and rear modules.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is an operational schematic of a thermal control system for use with a vehicle.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 below is a schematic of dual-zone implementation for the thermal control system of FIG. 1.
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Scott Wujek: Product Design Engineer
John Kearney: Product Design Engineer
Kegan Connick: Product Design Engineer (Came to Apple via Tesla and Lockheed Martin.)
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Apple Files for 'Freeform' Trademark in U.S. AND EU
Apple has filed for the trademark "Freeform" in the U.S. and EU. Apple introduced Freeform with iPadOS 16 last month. Freeform — a powerful productivity app with a flexible canvas — will give users the ability to see, share, and collaborate all in one place without worrying about layouts and page sizes, and with full support for Apple Pencil. Users will be able to view others’ contributions as they add content or make edits, all while enjoying a real-time collaboration space. Freeform will allow collaborators to add virtually any kind of file — images, video, audio, PDFs, documents, and web links — to the canvas and preview it inline, without leaving the board. See the video below if you're not familiar with this new app.
Apple's trademark application in-part is presented below. Apple filed for their trademark under International Class 009 which covers: "Downloadable computer software for facilitating realtime collaboration, for jointly creating, sharing, viewing, displaying, editing, annotating, storing, and distributing photos, images, graphics, documents, presentations, data, videos, and multimedia content, and for communicating via text and video regarding the collaboration process and jointly-created content; downloadable computer software for creating, sharing, viewing, displaying, editing, annotating, storing, and distributing photos, images, graphics, documents, presentations, data, videos, and multimedia content; downloadable computer programs for word processing."
Apple filed for the Freeform trademark in Europe as well as noted in the trademark application image presented below. Apple filed it under the same International Class and coverage.
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