Apple Won 45 Patents Today Covering a 3D Depth Camera, Auto-Adjustment Watch Band & Robotic System for Electric Cars

December 11, 2018

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover (1) Apple’s robotic system that places electric car batteries into place, (2) a possible future auto adjustment Apple Watch band, and (3) a depth mapping system that could work with a possible new Mac, television or gaming system (Apple TV). Apple was also granted design patents for the iPhone 5s and Animoji dog icon. As usual, we wrap up this week’s granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

Depth Mapping based on Pattern Matching and Stereoscopic Information

Apple’s newly granted patent 10,152,801 covers their invention relating to o computer vision, and specifically to three-dimensional (3D) mapping and imaging for the desktop and beyond which is capable of gesture recognition. The PrimeSense team that brought us Face ID has filed many patents covering gesture recognition and 3D depth cameras. Patently Apple covered today’s granted patent in a patent application report posted in February 2017. You could review that report here. A few other patent-pending inventions in this family include: 01, 02 and 03.

2 XX 3D depth camera invention granted to Apple  dec 11  2018 - Patently Apple Report

As with Face ID, depth cameras work with real-time three-dimensional (3D) imagers and vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Today Apple was granted patent 10,153,614 for technology relating to VCSEL arrays.

Apple Watch Band with Auto Adjustment+

Apple’s newly granted patent10,149,521 covers their invention relating to a possible future Apple Watch Band with Auto Adjustment+. Patently Apple covered Apple’s invention as a patent application back in September 2016. Review the original report for more details and patent figures here.

3 X2F  Apple Watch invention granted by USPTO dec 11  2018  Patently Apple Report

Apple’s granted patent was originally filed in Q and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Charging System for Electric Vehicles

Apple was granted a patent today for a “Charging system” which relates to a robotic system for moving a vehicle battery into a target electronic vehicle.  The invention relates to Apple’s long term Project Titan which covers electric vehicles, semi and fully autonomous vehicles.

4 Apple Robot system for moving elecatric battery to an electric car

An illustrative system that includes a target device and a charging device for providing power to the target device is shown in FIG. 1. As shown in FIG. 1, target device #14 (Vehicle) may be provided with power using a system such as system #12. The system may include a mobile unit (robot) such as charging device #20 and a base station such as base station #16.

In one scenario, in which target device is an electric vehicle, control circuitry in circuitry #32 may be used in controlling functions such as steering, braking, acceleration and controlling other vehicle functions. The circuitry may also include power circuitry for use in recharging battery #34.