Apple was the leading 5G Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2020 and despite growing competiton, Apple remained the 5G Champ in Q1 2021 hands down
Rose Byrne that stars in the Dark Comedy Apple TV+ Series 'Physical' reveals the intense training she underwent for the show

Apple refines their Invention that will one day allow Snorkelers & Divers to take Photos & Videos with iPhone in underwater mode

1 cover - iPhone  underwater mode

 

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent from Apple that relates to detecting when an iPhone is exposed to a moisture event. More particularly, Apple's patent covers a future iPhone with an underwater mode that will provide snorkelers and scuba divers with the ability to take memorable photos or videos of coral life or that shark that checking them out for lunch.

 

Although recent technological advances have enabled electronic devices to execute a number of different user functions (e.g., take photographs, capture video, place phone calls, browse the internet, etc.), these electronic devices are unable to optimally execute these different user functions when the electronic device is exposed to an inhospitable environment (e.g., a wet environment) or a challenging event (e.g., the user is wearing non-capacitive gloves to operate a touchscreen display of the electronic device).

 

According to some embodiments, the electronic device could be configured to determine when it is currently exposed to the moisture event. In some examples, the moisture event could range between a small amount of liquid that is present on a cover layer of the electronic device to the electronic device being completely submerged within a liquid.

 

Apple's patent FIGS. 11A-11C below illustrate conceptual diagrams of example user interfaces that could be configured to provide specialized functionality in Dry, Wet and Underwater Modes.

 

2 under water mode

 

More specifically to the iPhone's underwater mode seen above, the iPhone (#100) could present a user interface 1104c that is associated with the camera application. For example, the user interface 1104c could present a live image of a surfer who duck-dives beneath a 30-foot wave at Mavericks.

 

In such a scenario, the iPhone could determine that it's exposed to a moisture event (e.g., submerged underwater). Accordingly, the user interface 1104c could present an indication 1106 that the current moisture event corresponds to an underwater mode.

 

Apple's new patent filing is known as a continuation patent wherein Apple is adding something new to their invention and wants to add it to their granted patent's claims.

 

In this latest continuation patent, Apple places emphasis on an adding an atmospheric sensor to an Apple device like an iPhone. The original patent only described "atmospheric pressure" in their claims and never mentioned a specialized sensor.

 

Newly Added Patent Claim #1 States: "A portable electronic device, comprising: a housing; a display assembly; a touch detection system configured to: detect a touch event on the display assembly; and detect a moisture event; an environmental sensor; an atmospheric pressure sensor; and a processor configured to: determine a location of the touch event on the display assembly according to a wet mode and adjust a state of the environmental sensor in response to the touch detection system detecting the moisture event and the atmospheric pressure sensor detecting an amount of pressure that is greater than or equal to a threshold; and determine a location of the touch event on the display assembly according to a dry mode in response to the atmospheric pressure sensor detecting the amount of pressure that is less than the threshold.

Newly Added Patent Claim #2 States: "The portable electronic device of claim 1, the atmospheric pressure sensor is a first atmospheric pressure sensor and the environmental sensor comprises a second atmospheric pressure sensor.

Newly Added Patent Claim #4 States: The portable electronic device of claim 3, wherein the processor modifies the user interface such that the first and second icons are defined by a second arrangement in response to the touch detection system detecting the moisture event and the atmospheric pressure sensor detecting the amount of pressure that is less than or equal to the threshold.

 

To review Apple's patent application 20210181137 in general and to review the other 17 new patent claims that have been added, click here. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.

 

Today the U.S. Patent Office published many continuation patents from Apple. Below is just a few of those that stood out. Each continuation patent is linked to allow those interested in checking out Apple's added patent claims. Apple adds patent claims to better protect their inventions and to ward off patent trolls whenever possible.  

 

Patent #20210181682 titled "Tactile Switch for an Electronic Device." This is an Apple Watch patent. With Apple winning 11 granted patent for this invention, they've decided to now cancel the previous 20 patent claims and replace them with 20 all-new patent claims.

Patent #20210181688 titled "Force-Detecting Input Structure." This is an Apple Watch patent. Apple adds 20 new patent claims.

Patent #20210181692 titled "Wearable Electronic Device." This is an Apple Watch patent listing "Jonathan Ive" as one of the inventors. Apple has won 5 granted patents for this invention. In this patent filing, Apple has cancelled the previous 20 patent claims and replaced them with 20 new patent claims.

Patent # 20210181894 titled Multipoint Touchscreen." This is Apple's original multitouch patent dating back to 2004 and earlier. Apple has been granted this patent 7 times. This time around, Apple is adding 20 new patent claims. Apple has added claims relating to "sensing nodes," a "watershed algorithm" and more.

 

3 multitouch patent figure

 

Patent #20210185808 titled "Electrical Components Attached to Fabric." Apple adds 20 new patent claims.

Patent #20210181512 titled "Electronic Devices Having Electrically Adjustable Optical Layers." This is an HMD related patent. Apple was granted this patent in 2019. Apple is now adding 20 new patent claims.

 

4 hdm related patent figures

 

10.51XF - Continuation Patent Report Bar

Comments

The comments to this entry are closed.