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Topic: patents

Apple's AR plans include accurate handling of real and virtual objects

02/25/2020, 07:02 am

A new Apple patent describes a system of registering when a user is or is not touching a real object in a virtual space, and doing so with depth measurement from fingertips and calculated from camera angles.

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Apple researching all-glass iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

02/21/2020, 06:02 am

New Apple research describes an all-glass iPhone which can display information, icons, and images on any surface -- with the entire device touch sensitive.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

02/11/2020, 07:02 am

New Apple research describes how augmented reality headsets may not need external markers to tell when a user is moving, and may also be able to detect when the user puts it on.

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Apple working on how to record multiple AR & VR streams for later playback

02/06/2020, 08:02 am

Alongside its work in creating tools to create Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences, Apple is also looking at how such work can be recorded, shown again, or transmitted to others.

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Apple's impressive earnings, promising patents, and new acquisitions on the AppleInsider Podcast

01/31/2020, 09:01 am

Victor and William discuss the unexpectedly impressive Apple Q1 2020 earnings call, what happens when Apple acquires a company, and what a future iPad may be able to do with William's handwriting.

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Future iPad or iPhone could both recognize and display handwriting

01/30/2020, 08:01 am

Apple is continuing to investigate handwriting recognition for touch screens, but the latest research also covers displaying handwriting on an iPhone or iPad screen.

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Apple explored iPhones and iPads that dock inside larger devices like MacBooks

01/28/2020, 07:01 am

A newly published patent reveals that Apple has explored iPhones and iPads that could be docked inside larger devices similar to a MacBook Pro in order to provide extra functionality when needed.

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Apple working on radical iMac redesign using single sheet of glass

01/24/2020, 02:01 pm

A future version of the iMac may take a more radical form, with Apple considering a redesign of the all-in-one desktop so it effectively exists as a single sheet of curved glass with an embedded display.

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Apple is working on fingertip and face mapping tools for VR and AR

01/23/2020, 06:01 am

Two new Apple patents describe methods to improve how a user can touch and interact with VR objects, plus how headsets could be more easily adjusted to fit better.

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Apple hasn't abandoned Touch ID in flagship iPhones yet

01/21/2020, 07:01 am

Apple is researching a version of Touch ID would use sensors behind an OLED screen rather than via a specific button -- and Apple includes a laptop in its examples of touchscreen devices.

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Apple urges EU to halt the rise of patent trolls

01/16/2020, 08:01 am

The European Union needs to take action against "patent trolls," Apple has urged as part of a group of tech companies and car manufacturers, with the growth of non-practicing entities stifling innovation in firms who try to exploit the entire patent system for financial gain.

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Apple hints that it isn't ruling out touchscreen MacBooks

01/16/2020, 06:01 am

A new patent describing the use of applications across multiple screens, such as iPhone and MacBook Pro, suggests that Apple hasn't completely eliminated the possibility of a touchscreen MacBook Pro.

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Future Apple Pencil may feature full touch-sensitive controls

01/09/2020, 11:01 am

Alongside the existing double-tap feature, Apple Pencil may gain the ability to recognize gestures such as swiping, via a more comprehensive touch-sensitive control.

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Apple Pencil could better simulate drawing on paper with haptic feedback

12/19/2019, 07:12 am

Adding onto research on tablet screens that could simulate a textured surface, Apple is looking at ways to include sensors and haptics in the tip of a stylus to better simulate the feel of paper underneath the Apple Pencil.

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Apple wants you to share data between iPhones by pointing them at each other

12/05/2019, 07:12 am

Rather than the way AirDrop can send to any device nearby, Apple is investigating how to share data between iPhones by pointing one device at another, and then adjusting when one is moved.

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Future Apple Watch may help treat Parkinson's Disease or diagnose tremor symptoms

12/05/2019, 06:12 am

Apple is researching the use of new sensors in the Apple Watch to provide continuous monitoring of dyskinesia and tremors which could help clinicians treat Parkinson's Disease better.

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Future Apple Watch could monitor muscle movements using EMG sensors

11/19/2019, 10:11 am

Apple is continuing to look into how to improve its wearable devices, including using precise location and orientation data to adjust how audio is delivered, and to better utilize biometric sensors within the Watch, AirPods or similar devices by using EMG sensors to measure muscle movements.

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Apple's 'iRing,' AR headset resurface in Augmented Reality filings

11/14/2019, 08:11 am

In a trio of new patents about Augmented Reality, Apple reveals that it is continuing to work on using a smart ring to help with detecting a user's motion, as well as new systems for playing relevant audio, and positioning virtual objects in the real world.

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Red prevails over Apple in Rawcode patent challenge

11/11/2019, 08:11 am

Apple's request for a review of a patent owned by high-performance camera maker Red relating to Rawcode RAW has failed, and Red claims that its relationship with Apple is stronger than ever.

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Apple looking to make Watch bands with wireless antennas

11/07/2019, 07:11 am

Future Apple Watches could have bands that act as wireless antennas to augment or replace ones within the the case. A new patent covers making flexible antennas that can be hidden within bands.

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