Apple won 58 patents yesterday covering HMD with “protected” mode for lenses, AirPods Max with bone conduction for privacy and more


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 future Mac keyboards with touch event capabilities; a mode of protection for HMD lenses; and AirPods Max having a channel that can be a “private” channel, through which audio content is routed to a bone conduction transducer. And as always, we end this week’s Granted Patents report with our traditional list of remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

Future Mac keyboards with touch event capabilities

Apple yesterday obtained patent 11,177,093 entitled “Mechanical tactile keyboard with sensing circuits for touch events and key press events”. Apple states that “the keyboard can include a plurality of sensing circuits coupled to the key fabrication electrodes, the first touch electrodes, and the second touch electrodes. The plurality of detection circuits can be used to detect both touch events and key press events.

More specifically, the patent claims: “In this way, the keyboard can also be used for cursor input functions, such as point, click, scroll, drag, select, zoom, etc., without the user These functions, and many others, can be controlled by the movement of the hand / fingers, while the fingers slide and touch the mechanical keys.

Optical system for head-mounted display

Apple yesterday obtained patent 11,175,503 entitled “Optical system for head-mounted displays”. Apple’s patent covers a head-mounted display system that may include control circuits that Operates the head-mounted display in active use mode and in protected mode.

In protected mode, the display system can be protected from collisions with the lens system. Placing the headset in protected mode may include using an actuator to increase the distance between the display system and the lens system (for example, by moving one or both of the display system and the lens away). lens system), may include injecting fluid between the display system and the lens system, and / or may include the deployment of a protective layer between the display system and the lens system.

The control circuit can determine whether to operate the headset in protected mode or in active use mode based on sensor data, on / off status information, location information and / or other information.

Apple’s patent FIG. 5 below is a side view of an illustrative head-mounted display having a lens system with an intermediate lens in active use mode; FIG. 6 is a side view of an illustrative head-mounted display having a lens system with an intermediate lens in protected mode.

Bone conduction transducers for privacy

Apple yesterday obtained patent 11,176,925 titled “Bone Conduction Transducers for Privacy”. The patent covers a method performed on a pair of open-back wireless headphones such as Apple’s AirPods Max.

Headphones can have two or more channels, each carrying audio content differently. For example, oThis channel can be a “private” channel, through which the audio content is routed to a bone conduction transducer which outputs the audio as mechanical vibrations of the user’s skull. Such vibrations can only be heard by the user of the helmet.

On the other hand, the electronic device can include another “non-private” channel., through which audio content is routed to at least one of the open headset speakers which emits sound into (or to) a user’s ear. The sound produced by the loudspeaker can be heard not only by the user of the electronic device, but also by other people in the vicinity (for example, people sitting next to the user of the electronic device. electronic device), as the sound produced by the rear headphone speakers may escape into the environment.

Apple’s patent FIG. 1 below illustrates a progression of the steps of a headset receiving an incoming call that is routed to a bone conduction transducer.

3 APPLE PATENT FIG.  1 MAX BONE CONDUCTION AIRPODS

Key Design Patents Granted Yesterday

4 - 2 DESIGN PATENT FIGURES FOR NOV 16, 2021 - USPTO

Remaining patents granted to Apple 11/16/21

5 - Remaining patents granted by Apple for NOV 16, 2021

10.52FX - Bar granted patent

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