The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 60 newly granted patents today. Our final granted report of the day briefly covers three patents. The first covers a major augmented reality patent that Apple acquired from Metaio. The second covers binaural audio capture (Related to SMR) & ultrasonic proximity sensors in AirPods. The third touches on Millimeter Wave antennas related to 5G cellular connectivity. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
A Major Augmented Reality Patent
Apple was granted patent number 10,417,824 that relates to AR and may have been the inspiration behind Apple's eventual ARKit.
Just as with a WWDC 2017 AR demo video above where Wingnut showed off the AR Unreal Engine for AR gaming, it began with an empty table on stage that transformed into a high-end AR game playing out on an iPad.
Apple's acquired patent from Metaio covers this kind of AR creation. As seen in patent FIG. 7 below, we first see empty table #711 and then using AR, the table is seen to have a rabbit sitting on it in #714 below. It's only seen via an iPad using an AR application or game.
This technology was derived from the Metaio patent that Apple acquired and now has been granted. The patent is officially titled "Method and System for Representing a Virtual Object in a View of a Real Environment." The patent is deep with many patent figures that you could review here.
A few other Metaio reports from Patently Apple on record could be viewed below:
2015: Apple Acquires Metaio Creator of Thermal Touch - A New Augmented Reality Interface for Wearables
2017: Apple's Senior VP of Software says that Apple will have the Largest AR Platform in the World
2019: (January) Apple updates one of their AR Smartglasses Inventions
2019: (May) An Apple Smartglasses Invention Focuses on Projecting Information to a User's Eye using a Holographic Element
The Inventors of Today's Granted Patent
Peter Georg Meier: Director – Algorithm Lead, Technology Development Group, Apple. Meier was the owner of Metaio GmbH 2003 - 2015.
Sebastian Knorr: Augmented Reality, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Human-Computer Interaction, Apple. He previously worked at Metaio as Senior Researcher.
Binaural Audio Capture (Related to SMR) & Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors
Apple was granted patent number 10,419,853 officially titled "Binaural audio capture using untethered wireless headset." Patently Apple only posted a patent application report on this very patent on August 22. Check it out the full patent here.
Millimeter Wave Antennas on Printed Circuits
Apple was also granted a 5G Millimeter Wave antenna on printed circuit patent today under number 10,418,687. Patently Apple covered this as a patent application on January 25, 2018 here.
Apple's patent FIG. 7 noted below is a perspective view of a portion of an illustrative electronic device with millimeter wave antennas and millimeter wave transceiver circuitry on a flexible printed circuit for 5G cellular connectivity.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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