The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to radio-navigation used in an Apple Watch; Apple’s eco-friendly paper bags for Apple Stores; and 3D lighting techniques. We wrap up this week’s granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple Watch: Radionavigation for Swimmers
Apple applied for a patent in mid-December 2017 for an accurate radionavigation system for swimmers wearing an Apple Watch. You could review our original report here for an overview of Apple’s invention that was granted to them today under number 10,261,192.
Radionavigation techniques for swimmers consist of a radionavigation subsystem that is able to estimate position, velocity and time (PVT) for a swimmer when wearing an Apple Watch that is periodically submerged under water.
Environmentally Friendly Apple Store Paper Bags
Today Apple was granted patent 10,259,616 covering their invention of this eco-friendly bag made of at least 60% post-consumer content. Even the handle of the bag was reinvented as it is formed entirely of paper fiber yarn knitted in a circular-knit pattern. For more details, check out Apple’s patent here.
Lastly, Apple was granted a patent titled “3D Lighting.” One of the engineers listed as an inventor is Minwoong Kim, specializing in camera prototyping. The other inventor is Ricardo Motta, noted as a “Distinguished Engineer” with 25 years’ experience in imaging products. Motta came to Apple via NVIDIA and HP as Chief Imaging Architect. Apple’s granted patent covers techniques for displaying a graphical element in a manner that simulates three-dimensional (3D) visibility (including parallax and shadowing). It’s a little difficult to figure out if this is for a future app, for iOS design or a part of a developer tool from Apple.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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