Apple Granted 37 Patents this Week covering Touch Controls for AirPods, Nickel-Chromium-Phosphorus Metallic Glass & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover touch controls for AirPods, a new material in the form of Nickel-Chromium-Phosphorus Metallic Glass for luxury consumer and sporting goods and a series of design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Patent: AirPods with Touch Controls
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to AirPods with Touch Controls.
Apple's patent FIG. 41 is an isometric view of an earbud with a capacitive sensor insert. Earbud #4100 includes a housing #4105 and a capacitive sensor insert #4110 that can sense a user's touch on exterior surface #4115 of the housing. For example, sensor circuitry #4120 can create a first capacitive sensor in region #4125 on exterior surface #4115 of housing E4105 that can be used to detect the touch of a user's ear for in the ear sensing and can create a second capacitive sensor in region E4130 that can be used to detect the touch of a user's finger to answer a call or to perform any other function.
Apple's patent FIG. 42 is a cross-section of the earbud and the capacitive sensor insert illustrated in FIG. 41.
Apple's granted patent 10,003,881 was originally filed in Q3 2016 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple was granted a second AirPods related patent 10,003,880 titled "Wireless earbuds with electronic contacts."
Patent: Bulk Nickel-Chromium-Phosphorus Glasses
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to Ni--Cr--Nb--P--B alloys bearing Nb and B that are capable of forming metallic glass and have critical rod diameters of at least 3 mm, and wherein the metallic glass demonstrates a high strength and/or high thermal stability of the supercooled liquid.
Apple keeps the application for this metal glass material a secret. All they state in the patent is that the alloys described in the invention may be used in consumer electronics, dental and medical implants and instruments, luxury goods, and sporting goods applications.
Apple's granted patent 10,000,834 was originally filed in Q4 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The full title of the patent is formally "Bulk nickel-chromium-phosphorus glasses bearing niobium and boron exhibiting high strength and/or high thermal stability of the supercooled liquid."
At some point in time, Apple's work on liquid metals either switched from Liquidmetal Technologies (the company) as a partner or has added the supplier Glassimetal Technology Inc. The first Glassimetal patent surfaced in December 2017. Their second patent surfaced in January 2018 followed by a third patent granted in May.
Apple Granted Design Patents This Week
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple this Week
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