The United States Patent and Trademark Office today officially released a series of 61 newly issued patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report, we briefly cover a series of design patents covering Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, a user interface Apple Watch, the housing module for iPhone 12 Max and a mysterious display. Our report also covers a fitness tracker patent, and as always, we conclude this week’s granted patents report with our traditional list of remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Main Design Patents Granted
Apple has been granted a series of design patents and the most notable are shown below. One design that stood out from the pack was that of a “display stand” under US Patent Office design patent #D923,982.
As we have noted several times, design patents are limited to presenting only the patent figures. In this first case, it’s a frustrating limitation because there’s no way to confirm what Apple’s “display mount” shown below is for or will be used for. The protrusions shown in FIG. 2 below are very small, as if to support something like a future smart ring. But that’s a guess.
Only one of the three designers listed on the design patent is confirmed to work at Apple, while the other two designers are unknown on LinkedIn. Has Apple acquired this display design? If you recognize this display, please send your information to [email protected]
Fitness tracking for using constrained arms
Apple has been granted a patent for a system and method for collecting movement data using a fitness tracker located on a user’s arm, detecting that the arm is strained based on the data of motion, estimating the user’s stride length based on the motion data and the stride length step cadence historical data, calculating fitness data using the stride length estimated and output fitness data to the user.
Apple’s patent FIG. 4 below illustrates a fitness tracker used with a constrained arm; FIG. 5 illustrates a fitness tracker used while pushing an object across a surface; FIGS. 9 and 10 are flowcharts showing processing that may occur in a fitness tracker and/or companion device
Apple notes in its issued patent that in some embodiments, calculating fitness data includes calculating at least one distance traveled, speed, calorie expenditure, or exercise time.
In some embodiments, detecting that the arm is constrained includes: determining a pose angle based on the motion data; determining an accelerometer energy based on the motion data; and detecting that the arm is constrained based on the pose angle and the accelerometer energy.
In particular embodiments, detecting that the arm is constrained based on the pose angle includes detecting that the arm is constrained if the pose angle is within a predetermined range of pose angles. In some embodiments, the predetermined range of pose angles corresponds to pose angles greater than about -45°.
Note that in the patent figures. 4 and 5 Apple illustrates a classic thin “fitness tracker” without the standard Apple Watch body. Although Apple illustrates a patent figure with an Apple Watch, Apple simply states that the image of an Apple Watch (not shown here) is “an example” of a fitness tracker.
Why be so picky? Because Apple was granted a patent for a fitness band last June that is visually closer to what Apple is showing in Figures 4 and 5 of today’s patent above.
For details, see patent issued today 11,051,720.
The remaining patents granted to Apple today