Apple Won 77 Patents Today covering Fabric Sensing & Foldable Devices, a Windows Safety System for Vehicles and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 77 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three patents. The first covers fabric sensing devices, where the device could be a sweatshirt sleeve, clothing in general and accessory items. The second patent covers possible future devices that could flex, fold and triple fold. The third patent covers a Project Titan invention presenting a vehicle window system will alert drivers when a window, especially a windshield has been damaged so that it could be fixed prior to it becoming a major problem and larger expense.
Apple was granted a design patent today for their AirPower multi-device charging pad that the company officially dropped. Rumors persist that Apple is still planning to introduce AirPower some time in the future. And as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Fabric Sensing Devices
Today Apple was granted patent 10,739,924 titled "Fabric sensing device." Patently originally covered this patent application back in August 2017 where you can read more details and few more graphics.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 (left) depicts an example system of devices including a touch-sensitive textile device; FIGS. 4B depicts an example two-layer resistive touch-sensitive textile device.
Flexible Electronic Devices
Today Apple was granted patent 10,739,908 titled "Flexible Electronic Devices." Patently Apple first covered Apple's invention as a patent application discovered in Europe back in 2011. There you'll find more graphics and details. Patently Apple posted a continuation patent on this invention back in September 2019 here.
Apple's patent FIG. 22 above is a perspective side view of an illustrative flexible electronic device in a trifold closed position in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
Vehicle System to Detect Window Cracks
Today Apple was granted patent 10,739,292 titled "Systems for detecting cracks in windows." According to Apple, a vehicle window may develop cracks due to impacts from roadway debris or other objects. The conductive layer in a window that is used for ohmic heating or other conductive layer in a window may be monitored by control circuitry in a vehicle. Resistance measurements (or other measurements) that are abnormal (e.g., excessively high resistance values) are indicative of a crack in the window, so suitable corrective actions may be taken.
Too bad the invention didn't go one step further and actually self-correct or fix the crack through digital means. Darn.
Apple wins a Design Patent for AirPower
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The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today