Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially released a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report, we cover two Project Titan inventions related to a next-generation interior lighting system and a Exterior cracked glass detection system. In addition, we briefly mentioned the iPhone user interfaces for reporting an accident or danger in Maps and the Apple Watch optical sensor subsystem. And as always, we end this week’s granted patents report with our traditional list of the remaining granted patents issued to Apple today.
Vehicle lighting systems with adjustable interior lighting
In the first of two Project Titan patents awarded to Apple today, Apple describes a future lighting system with adjustable illumination throughout the vehicle.
According to Apple, a lighting system may have light-emitting diodes that provide illumination. The light-emitting diodes can be formed in a display layer containing an array of organic light-emitting diodes or a display layer formed by an array of crystalline semiconductor arrays. Light emitting diodes can also be used to provide illumination that is distributed using fibers or other light guides. In some configurations, lighting systems may contain independent light sources, such as fiber-coupled light-emitting diodes or larger area light-emitting diodes formed from thin-film circuitry on a substrate.
A lighting system may be integrated into a seat, door panel, dashboard, or other interior parts of a system such as a vehicle. These interior parts of the system can be illuminated with light from a lighting system.
Illumination from a lighting system can serve to provide ambient light, can create a custom surface texture or other decorative pattern on a seat or other interior surface, can include icons, text, and other information, and can include custom indicators.
Illuminated regions can overlay sensors such as capacitive touch sensors, force sensors, and other sensors. Light-emitting diodes in a lighting system can supply light that passes through openings in a cover layer. The layer can be made of cloth, leather or other materials. The lens structures can guide light through the openings.
Apple patent FIG. 1 below is a diagram of an illustrative system that may have illumination; FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of an illustrative illuminated system; FIG. 4 is a diagram of an illustrative lighting system showing how a fiber or other light guide can distribute lighting.
Apple patent FIG. 5 below is a side view of an illustrative light projection system such as an image projector of the type that can be used to provide illumination; FIG. 9 is a top view of an illustrative illumination system that provides illumination through openings in the fabric; FIG. 10 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative illumination system with lens structures that guide illumination through openings in a cover layer such as a fabric cover layer.
Apple patent FIG. 11 above is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative illumination system with a force sensor layer. FIGURES. 14-17 represent illustrative text, icons, and lighting patterns that can be produced with Apple’s new lighting system.
According to Apple, some of the lights and patterns could change depending on the speed of the vehicle. In addition, the lighting system will help users illuminate the cup holder and device charger areas of the vehicle.
To review the finer details, review Apple Granted US Patent 11505119 B2.
Apple was also granted a second Project Titan patent today titled “Systems for Detecting Cracks in Windows,” under US patent number 11506623 B2. In August 2020 we briefly reported on Apple’s first granted patent for this particular invention.
iPhone patent to report an incident in Maps
Apple has been granted a patent for iPhone user interfaces for viewing information and/or reporting information about hazards and/or incidents of different types associated with a location (eg, physical). Please review this Apple support page on this feature. Review Apple-granted patent US 11507257 B2 for technical details.
Apple Watch Optical Sensor Subsystem
Apple has been granted an Apple Watch patent for its optical sensor subsystem that is attached adjacent to or directly on an interior surface of the cover. In some cases, the optical sensor subsystem includes a substrate to which a light emitter and a light receiver are attached. The light receiver is configured to receive light emitted by the light emitter and reflected by the skin of a person wearing the watch. In some cases, the light emitter and light receiver are separated by a light-blocking wall that rests on the inside surface of the cover. In some cases, a light filter is attached adjacent to or directly on the inside surface of the cover, between the cover and the light receiver.
Apple patent FIG. 1 above illustrates an example of an Apple Watch that may incorporate an optical sensor subsystem adjacent to its cover; FIG. 3 shows the outer surfaces (eg, skin-facing surfaces) of the rear housing member and cover; I G. 12 shows an example method for determining a biological parameter of a user wearing a watch or other portable electronic device.
FIGS. Apple patent. 15A and 15B illustrate the possible use of the crown 1502 to change an operating state of the electronic device 1500 or toggle between inputs. Turning first to fig. 15A, screen 1506 represents a question 1568, namely, “Activate optical sensor subsystem?” As shown in fig. 15B, a lateral force can be applied to the crown 1502 (illustrated by arrow 1570) to answer the question. Applying force to the crown provides an input interpreted by the electronic device as “yes”, thus “YES” is displayed as a graphic 1569 on the screen 1506. Applying force to the crown in an opposite direction can provide a “no” input. both the question 1568 and graphic 1569 are examples of clues. As a non-limiting example, a graph or indicator of heart rate, blood pressure, or the like may be displayed on the screen in response to the user selecting “YES,” for example, by rotating, panning, or touching the crown.
For more details, review Apple issued US patent 11504057 B2
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