Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 68 recently granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report, we briefly cover three patents. Two of these cover Apple’s semi or fully autonomous electric vehicles (under the Titan project) which cover the automatic configuration of self-configuring environments and vehicles with automated subsystems. The third patent granted in evidence covers controls that are generally invisible until they light up in the palm area of a MacBook or the surface of a TV’s remote and more. As always, we wrap up this week’s granted patent report with our traditional list of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Automatic configuration of self-configurable environments
The new patent granted by Apple covers their invention related to self-configuring environments such as a vehicle. More specifically, a user could allow their future iPhone to learn configuration preferences from the user’s personal car and when the user visits another car, such as when renting a car or buying a new car, those preferences configuration settings could be imported into the visited car and used to automatically configure the car according to the imported preferences. Such preferences could include seat orientation, radio preferences (especially satellite radio), climate control preferences, and minor orientation preferences. The Apple patent FIG. 2 below illustrates an exemplary application of the present technology.
The Apple patent FIG. 2 below illustrates a side view of a passenger compartment (# 200) of an automobile. As shown, the cockpit includes an adjustable steering wheel (# 201) and an adjustable seat (# 203). As a non-limiting example, the seat is adjustable up and down, back and forth and by increasing and decreasing a recline angle (# 206). The steering wheel is adjustable to get in and out of the driver. Although not shown, other aspects of the passenger experience can be adjusted, such as mirrors, lumbar support, air conditioning temperature, radio preferences, etc.
The Apple patent FIG. 4 above illustrates a rear view of a car, showing the rear of the driver’s head and its relationship to the rear view mirror (# 402), the driver’s side mirror (# 404) and the passenger side mirror ( # 406).
For more details, see the patent granted by Apple 10,899,363.
Vehicle with automated subsystems
Road vehicles have components responsible for controlling the movement of the vehicle, such as steering components, propulsion components, and braking components. Vehicles may include controls that allow a human operator to direct the movement of the vehicle. Vehicles may include automated systems that direct some or all aspects of the vehicle’s movement.
The patent granted by Apple covers a series of automated subsystems for a vehicle such as a propulsion system that is operable to independently control the propulsion torque at each of the road wheels; A steering system is operable to independently control a steering angle of each of the road wheels: a braking system which is operable to independently control the braking torque for each of the road wheels; An active suspension system regulates the movement of the road wheels with respect to the vehicle body by independently controlling the application of force to each of the road wheels; A vehicle control module can be used to determine a desired frame level movement, determine a control strategy to achieve the desired frame level movement, and send commands to each of the propulsion systems, steering system, braking system and active suspension.
The Apple patent FIG. 1 below illustrates a wheeled vehicle intended for use on the road, for the transport of passengers and / or goods. The focus of the patent figure covers various subsystems such as a propulsion subsystem, a steering subsystem, a braking subsystem, an active suspension subsystem, a thermal management subsystem, a power management subsystem, and a sensor subsystem.
The Apple patent FIG. 4 above is an illustration showing a propulsion actuator assembly; FIGURE. 8 is an illustration showing a braking actuator assembly.
For more details, see the patent granted by Apple 10,899,340
Controls that disappear on a MacBook
Whereas the “Mac” has returned to Apple with renewed energy, Apple’s long-standing invention that dates back to 2008 (published in 2010) got its fifth patent covering invisible backlit holes on a device like a MacBook that they make input selectively visible or invisible to the user.
Patent FIG. 26 below illustrates a MacBook with an invisible control shown to the left of the trackpad. For example, the control can be used to control music or videos. The invisible control may have, for example, invisible rewind (# 5010), play (# 5012) and fast forward (# 5014) buttons and may have invisible volume controls to increase and decrease.
For more details, see the patent granted by Apple 10,901,559.
The remaining patents granted to Apple Today
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