The US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday officially released a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report, we briefly cover Apple’s IP on “privacy glasses” and a boardroom bionics for virtual meetings. And as always, we end this week’s Granted Patents report with our traditional list of remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple yesterday.
Privacy Glasses +
On November 11, Apple clearly released a report titled “Apple Advances Facial Identification to Create Multiple User Profiles While Introducing New ‘Goggles’ and More.” owner of the glasses to read content on a device’s screen, preventing people around you from viewing your content.
The patent specifically noted that if a user wishes privacy or does not want someone nearby to see what is presented on the screen, the user can interact with the calibration graph to render the graphical output unreadable. The process depicted creates a private graphical output that can only be seen by wearing a particular pair of glasses.
For more on this, check out our November 11e report or examination of granted patent 11,189,248. Our cover graphic is from this patent.
Communication system with a virtual meeting room Bionic
Apple has acquired a number of German companies over the years, two of which are Metaio and SensoMotoric Instruments, industry-leading companies working on mixed reality technologies, headsets, smart glasses (see video below) and Moreover. This particular issued patent is derived from the director of SensoMotoric Instruments, Eberhard Schmidt.
The invention covers a lot of ground in the field of both personal and professional virtual meetings which would allow sharing of PowerPoint presentations and Word documents in a virtual meeting. The meeting could use avatars or just go live. The patent delves deep into having cameras and a sensor capable of using biometric information to detect eye tracking, blood pressure, heart rate, skin color, gestures in the air and even more. It’s unclear whether a virtual meeting would involve a doctor and a patient, but the level of biometrics goes way beyond a traditional business meeting.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 below is a schematic illustration of a communication system; FIG. 2 a schematic illustration of a communication system providing a virtual meeting room for a plurality of participants; FIG. 4 a schematic illustration of the various biometric characteristics and their corresponding virtual representation; and fig. 5 is a flowchart for illustrating a method of operating a communication system.
There is no point in elaborating on the patent in this report as it is an acquired patent. However, Apple acquired the company for its advanced technology and intellectual property, and it’s unclear at this time which patents Apple is interested in. This particular patent concerns virtual meetings on Macs and future mixed reality headsets.
For those who love technology, it is worth reading as patent granted 11 189 072 covers a lot of intriguing twists, turns, and future possibilities.
Remaining patents granted to Apple today