Apple Granted 57 Patents Today Covering an Advanced Transparent Fiber Composite, an iMac Design and More
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's advanced Transparent Fiber Composite that could be used with an automotive application or perhaps wearable devices. Apple was also granted a design patent for their 2016 iMac and much more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Transparent Fiber Composite
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to relatively transparent composite materials, and more particularly to relatively transparent composites formed with fibers encapsulated in a resin.
Apple note's that fiber reinforced composites are typically formed with a matrix of fibers embedded in a hardened resin. Fiber composites can be used in many products because of its relatively high strength, relatively light weight and low manufacturing costs. Common applications can be automobile body features, marine applications and swimming pools. The relatively high strength to weight ratio of fiber reinforced composites makes them a good fit for these and other applications. Glass fibers are one of the most common fibers employed to reinforce composites, which has led to the common term of "fiberglass" used to describe such composites. However, ceramic fibers can also be used to reinforce resins in a similar manner. Hereinafter, the term fiberglass is used to denote a fiber reinforced composite in general.
In describing FIG. 5 Apple notes that "as light ray #507 enters the resin from air, light ray #508 forms and bends in accordance with Snell's Law. Notably, however, the light ray can travel in a relatively straight path as the light ray travels through two or more glass fibers #404 and their related sizing #405. Thus, clarity can be improved for light rays traveling through two or more glass fibers #404. FIG. 5 shows the glass fibers in cross section.
Beyond applications such as automotive body features and marine applications, Apple provides an overview of a single device (see FIG. 10) towards the end of the patent that is quite generic. The device includes a unique "computer vision" sensor. Wiki notes that "Computer vision" is an interdisciplinary field that deals with how computers can be made for gaining high-level understanding from digital images or videos. From the perspective of engineering, it seeks to automate tasks that the human visual system can do. One application that Wiki lists relates to autonomous vehicles.
Apple's Israeli teams also associates computer vision with a 3D depth camera that could be associated with a projection system or one that could interpret hand gesturing.
It could also be associated with smart windshields with augmented reality as shown below. One of the inventors notes Automotive on their LinkedIn page.
Another avenue for the use of fiber glass includes skis, ski boots and ski boards. For more details of this invention see our original 2014 patent application report here.
Apple's granted patent 9,701,068 was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple's iMac Granted a Design Patent Today
Apple was granted 8 design patents today by the U.S. Patent Office with the 2016 iMac being the key design. Others included Apple Pencil tips (D791,770), Beats headphones (D791,733) that we covered last week, the Apple Watch back plate (D791,771), an Apple Store display component (D791,521) and various UI components.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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