Apple was granted 70 Patents today covering Apple Watch AssistiveTouch, a MacBook Pro Touch Bar Design Patent & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 70 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another AssistiveTouch patent and a MacBook Pro design related patent.
Apple was also granted a series of continuation patents today with each adding new patent claims. Some of the higher profile continuation patents cover AirPods & cases (01 & 02); Magnetic systems used in Apple Watch, MacBook and more; and Wireless charging with foreign object detection using machine learning; the Beats "Pill" wireless audio system now under Apple.
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.
Apple Watch, Motion & Gesture Input: AssistiveTouch
On May 19 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Previews a Powerful new Apple Watch feature called AssistiveTouch that uses patented wrist-gesture technology & more." Then last Thursday we posted another patent report covering a new AssistiveTouch relating technology.
Today, Apple was granted a patent titled "Motion and gesture input from a wearable device" that relates to wrist gesturing which again relates to on an Apple Watch using "AssistiveTouch."
In Apple's patent FIG. 1B below we see photodiodes of an Apple Watch which collects sensor data that is captured by expansion and contraction in the tissue of the user's wrist during a hand gesture; FIG. 5A illustrates a user interface prompting a user to perform a hand flap gesture. Such a user interface may be displayed during a first period and sensor data may be collected during the first period while the user interface is displayed. FIG. 5B illustrates a user interface prompting a user to perform a hand clench gesture.
Apple's patent FIG. 6 above illustrates an exemplary method of training for gesture detection in accordance with examples set in Apple's granted patent 11,023,043 granted today by USPTO.
Possible Future uses for AssistiveTouch
In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Facebook reveals initial work on wrist-based input devices for future AR Glasses & plans to reveal their work on Haptic Gloves later this year." Facebook has since killed our YouTube video on their technology. There's one video below you could review.
While Facebook talked about future wristband technology to control AR glasses, Apple introduced AssistiveTouch that's already available. More importantly, Apple could technically apply AssistiveTouch with Apple's future smartglasses if they so choose to do so.
MacBook Pro Design Patent for Touch Bar
The Remaining Patents Granted to Apple Today