The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention titled "Transparent Electronic Device." The invention gives users the ability to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working. It's an invention that also covers smart transparent displays that could be used in conjunction with possible future Augmented Reality applications.
Granted Patent: Transparent Electronic Device
Apple has been granted their second patent today for an invention that relates to a method and system for displaying images on a transparent display of an electronic device. The display may include one or more display screens as well as a flexible circuit for connecting the display screens with internal circuitry of the electronic device. Furthermore, the display screens may allow for overlaying of images over real world viewable objects, as well as a visible window to be present on an otherwise opaque display screen. Additionally, the display may include active and passive display screens that may be utilized based on images to be displayed.
Apple credits Aleksandar Pance as the sole inventor of granted patent 9,367,093 which was originally filed in Q1 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Patently Apple first covered this as a patent application back in July 2011 in a report titled "Apple Developing Applications for Smart Transparent Displays." Apple's first granted patent for this invention was made public in 2014. See our previous reports for more details.
Below is an example of such a transparent display which was shown as a prototype by Samsung back at CES 2009.
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