The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique inductive charging invention wherein a coil for a microphone could have a secondary purpose of acting as an inductive charging coil. Apple was also granted a patent for an avatar invention that was the beginning of the Memoji feature on iPhone X. lastly, Apple was also granted patents for an iPad case and the Apple TV remote.
Granted Patent: Inductive Power Transfer using Acoustic or Haptic Devices
Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to inductive power transfer and more specifically to using acoustic or haptic devices in inductive power transfer.
This is an interesting invention. Coils within a device could act in two modes. In one mode, the first coil may be a voice coil and/or similar component of the acoustic device that moves at least one membrane to produce sound waves and/or registers movement of the membrane to detect one or more sound wave.
When not in use, that same voice coil could be used in a second mode, and used to inductively transmit power to and/or inductively receive power from a second coil included in a second electronic device.
In various cases, the second coil may be a dedicated inductive power transmission coil. In other cases, the second coil may be capable of multimode operation similar to the first coil.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1B is a block diagram illustrating the functional relationship of possible components of the first example system; and FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating a method for inductive power transmission.
Apple’s granted patent 10,044,232 was originally filed in Q2 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For more details, check out the full granted patent here.
Granted Patent: Avatars Reflecting user States
In 2011 Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple Cleverly Reinventing Emoticons & Dreaming of 3D Avatars.” Today Apple was granted patent # for that invention that is titled “Avatars reflecting user states.
This was some of the early work towards Apple’s Memoji introduced with iPhone X in September 2017.
The patent figures below are associated with Apple’s granted patent 10,044,395 for an iPad case and patent 10,042,599 for the Apple TV remote.
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