The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 53 newly granted patents today. Our final granted report of the day covers two patents. The first granted patent covers magnetic fabric items. It's the second fabric related patent of the day with the first patent covering Fusible Insulating Strands. The second patent covers a possible future version of the HomePod with a side display. For those interested in Apple's work on a LIDAR system for a future autonomous vehicle, you can review it here. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Magnetic Fabric Items
Apple was granted patent # 10,475,560 that relates to fabric-based items. Magnetic material may be used in forming clasps, closures for seams in fabric-based items, flaps and other structures with positions that may be sensed using magnetic sensors, and other structures.
An illustrative system that includes items that include magnetic structures (e.g., electromagnetics, permanent magnets, unmagnetized magnetic material, etc.) is shown in FIG. 1 below. The system may include one or more items such as electronic devices (e.g., cellular telephones, tablet computers, laptop computers, watches, pendant devices, other wearable devices, or other electronic equipment), may be parts of electronic devices or accessories for electronic devices (e.g., covers for portable electronic devices, straps for electronic devices, earphones, bags, covers, sleeves, or other structures that form part of electronic equipment or that are used in conjunction with electronic equipment), may be part of furniture, seating, clothing, a vehicle, a building, a kiosk, or any other items.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 above is a diagram showing illustrative equipment that may be used in forming a strand-based item with strands of magnetic material; FIGS. 11, 12, and 13 are diagrams of illustrative items with magnetic portions formed from strands of magnetic material.
Apple further notes that magnetic sensors may be used to detect when items 12A and 12B presented above have been separated. For example, item 12A may be part of a cover, enclosure, a pocket that receives device 12B, may be a flexible portion of item 12B, etc. When a user removes device 12B from item 12A (i.e., when devices 12A and 12B are moved away from each other by the user), the magnetic sensors may detect that sensors #78 are no longer in proximity of magnetic portion #72 of item 12A and can take appropriate action (e.g., the sleep/wake status of device 12B may be changed, device 12B may issue a notification for the user, charging operations may be changed, and/or other actions may be taken by item 12A and/or 12B.
HomePod with Sensors and Display
Apple was granted patent # 10,474,417 that relates to HomePod. Patently Apple covered this as a patent application report titled "Future HomePod Features may Include Interpreting 3D Hand Gestures, Multiple Cameras & Siri the Psychologist." See our original report here for more details and graphics.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today