Apple won 69 Patents today covering a wide range of technologies from the iMac Display Assembly to 3D Point Cloud Spatial Information+
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 69 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. covering a wide range of technologies from the iMac display assembly to the non-existent AirPower charging map, to inductive charging between devices like charging an iPhone or Apple Watch resting on a MacBook palm rest area. Apple also was granted an in-depth patent covering 3D Cloud points and more. 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.
iMac Display Assembly
Although not exciting, we include Apple's granted patent for the iMac's display assembly to once again reiterate that Apple patents every device, parts of a device, packaging, software that they bring to market, whether we cover it or not. If you happen to be interested in digging into this patent further, review granted patent US 11513383 B2.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 illustrates an iMac; FIG. 8A shows a front view of select components of an iMac; FIG. 8B shows a perspective view of a support component of FIG. 8A.
Point Cloud Compression with Closed-loop Color Conversion
In April 2020, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Patent Reveals Apple's work on Quantized Depths for Projection Point Cloud Compression for AR/VR HMD & more." Today's granted patent relates to this technology segment. Two of the inventors from the 2020 patent is present in this patent which also shares a few patent figures.
Today's granted patent relates generally to compression and decompression of point clouds comprising a plurality of points, each having associated spatial information and attribute information.
Various types of sensors, such as light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems, 3-D-cameras, 3-D scanners, etc. may capture data indicating positions of points in three-dimensional space, for example positions in the X, Y, and Z planes. Also, such systems may further capture attribute information in addition to spatial information for the respective points, such as color information (e.g., RGB values), texture information, intensity attributes, reflectivity attributes, motion related attributes, modality attributes, or various other attributes.
In some circumstances, additional attributes may be assigned to the respective points, such as a timestamp when the point was captured. Points captured by such sensors may make up a “point cloud” comprising a set of points each having associated spatial information and one or more associated attributes. In some circumstances, a point cloud may include thousands of points, hundreds of thousands of points, millions of points, or even more points. Also, in some circumstances, point clouds may be generated, for example in software, as opposed to being captured by one or more sensors. In either case, such point clouds may include large amounts of data and may be costly and time-consuming to store and transmit.
In some embodiments, a system includes one or more sensors configured to capture points that collectively make up a point cloud, wherein each of the points comprises spatial information identifying a spatial location of the respective point and attribute information defining one or more attributes associated with the respective point.
Apple's patent FIG. 3D below illustrates a point cloud being projected onto multiple projections; FIG. 3E illustrates a point cloud being projected onto multiple parallel projections.
Today's granted patent covers the follow sub-categories that you could discover:
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For those wanting to take a deep dive into Apple's granted patent US 11514611 B2 titled "Point Cloud Compression with Closed-loop Color Conversion," click here.
Granted Patent for the Non-Existent AirPower+
Today, Apple was granted a patent for their non-existent AirPower charging mat. Apple's patent FIG. 2 above is a top view of an illustrative wireless power transmitting device with an array of coils that forms a wireless charging surface. For more details, review Apple's granted patent US 11515735 B2.
Apple was also granted a related patent titled "Wireless Power Transfer System, Methods or Devices."
According to Apple, a wireless power transmission system comprising a wireless power transmitting device and a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power receiving device is configured to enter a cloak state when a temporary pause in power transfer is desired. The wireless power receiving device may allow or deny a communication data stream with the wireless power transmitting device during the cloak state. The wireless power receiving device may request a hot start power transfer phase with the wireless power transmitting device after the cloak state. The wireless power transmitting device may or revert (reset) to a default operating state in the event that a control error packet is received during the cloak state.
A wireless power system has a wireless power transmitting device (which may also be referred to in some instances as a wireless power transmitter or an inductive power transmitter) that transmits power wirelessly to a wireless power receiving device (which may also be referred to in some instances as a wireless power receiver or an inductive power receiver).
The wireless power transmitting device is a device such as a wireless charging mat, wireless charging puck, wireless charging stand, wireless charging table, or other wireless power transmitting equipment. The wireless power transmitting device may be a stand-alone device or built into other electronic devices such as a laptop (example Apple image below) or tablet computer, cellular telephone or another electronic device.
For more on this, review Apple's granted patent US 11515738 B2.
Today’s Remaining Granted Patents