Apple won 54 patents today covering 2 design patents, the Mac Pro Tower, Interacting with 3D Environments + a weird AR calorie counter app
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report we cover two design patents and touch on three others relating to the Mac Pro Tower, interacting with 3D environments and a weird AR calorie counter app. 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.
Today's Key Design Patents
Today, Apple was granted a design patent for their Magic Keyboard with Touch ID accessory that was made available as a standalone accessory back in August 2021. Apple filed for their design patent in October 2020 and was granted it today. Apple was also granted a patent for Apple Watch. The filing date is noted as being August 2020 which could make this a design patent for Apple Watch Series 6, as the patent doesn't clarify which model it is.
A Few Granted Patents of Mild Interest
There are three additional granted patents that may interest some. The first covers an augmented reality (AR) calorie counter. Like Apple's AR app for measuring things, this potential future app will be able to count the calories on your plate. Then the invention goes a little weird. According to Apple:
"A method for improving determination of food consumption includes detecting, by a microphone, a chewing noise from a user during a chewing session; in response to detecting the chewing noise, triggering operation of a camera; obtaining, by the camera, image data capturing a food product; identifying the food product based on image data; determining a measurement of the chewing session; determining a volume of the food product based on the measurement of the chewing session; and determining a calorie intake based on the food product, the volume of the food product, and the measurement of the chewing session."
Maybe it'll make more sense when they introduce it at a WWDC event, but for now, it sounds, well, oddly weird. But you could review Apple's granted patent titled "Augmented Reality Calorie Counter" yourself under patent US 11568760 B1.
Two other granted patents of mild interest include one covering the Mac Pro tower and another titled "Devices, Methods, And Graphical User Interfaces For Interacting With Three-dimensional Environments" that may interest AR developers.
Today’s Remaining Granted Patents