Apple won 42 Patents today covering an AirPower-Type Charging Pad, an Optical System that captures visible & near-infrared light & more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 42 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover another AirPower-Type of charging pad, a HomePod light-based UI on fabric and an advanced optical system for iPhones and iPads. Our report also highlights three design patents, 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.
Wireless Charging Mat that Displays Charging Status
Apple has been granted patent 11,146,109 for a wireless power system that has a wireless power transmitting device and a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power transmitting device may be a wireless charging mat or other device with a charging surface. The wireless power receiving device may be a portable electronic device receiving transmitted wireless power signals from the wireless power transmitting device while resting on the charging surface. A sensor in the wireless power transmitting device or elsewhere in the system may detect user input. In response to the user input, the wireless power receiving device may display information on the state of charge of a battery in the wireless power receiving device and other charging status information on a display of the wireless power receiving device. The user input may be a finger tap on the charging surface or other user input. For details.
Apple's patent FIG. 2 below is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative wireless power system; FIG. 3 is a diagram of an illustrative display for an electronic device in a wireless power system; FIG. 4 is a flow chart of illustrative operations involved in operating a wireless power system.
HomePod with Touch Controls on Fabric & More
Last Tuesday Apple was granted a patent for a HomePod with Invisible Touch Controls+. This week another such patent was published by USPTO under number 11,146,871 titled "Fabric-Covered Electronic Device," which by patent figure is a HomePod (regular or mini). Back in March we covered two of the original patents on this project that you could review here and here.
In this patent Apple notes that "A display may be formed from an array of light-emitting devices that are mounted on respective component support regions. Light from the light-emitting devices may pass through the fabric spacer layer toward the housing and back out away from the housing. An outer fabric layer may cover the mesh." You could review the details of this current granted patent here.
For camera buffs and engineers, Apple has been granted a deeply detailed patent for an optical system. The optical system includes a front lens group that captures visible and near-infrared (NIR) light from an object field and refracts the light to a beam splitter that splits the visible light and the NIR light onto two paths.
On the visible light path, a visible light lens group refracts the visible light to form an image of the object field at a visible light sensor.
On the NIR light path, a NIR light lens group refracts the NIR light to form an image of the object field at an NIR light sensor.
The optical system thus provides images of the object field at two sensor planes, one image in the visible spectrum and the other image in the NIR spectrum.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a three-dimensional illustration of an example optical system.
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Apple's patent FIG. 17 below illustrates an example system or device that includes a camera that implements an optical system as described herein to capture visible and NIR images for processing.
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For details, review Apple's granted patent 11,143,847.
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