Friday, June 20, 2008

Clear With Computers, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et al

[via 9 to 5 Mac http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_legal_store_problem]

Filing: http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/texas/txedce/6:2008cv00243/110468/1/


Patents:
5,615,342
("This is a Continuation of application Ser. No. 07/878,602, filed May 5, 1992, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,493,490, which application are incorporated herein by reference.")

1. A computer assisted method of generating a customized proposal for selling products to particular customers, the method comprising the steps of:

presenting to a user of the computer a plurality of questions relating to features and uses of the products;

inputting into the computer a plurality of customer answers to the questions, the answers specifying a customer's desired product features and uses; storing in the computer product pictures, product environment pictures and text segments;

selecting a particular product picture in response to at least one of the customer answers;

selecting a particular product environment picture in response to at least one of the customer answers;

selecting a particular text segment in response to at least one of the customer answers;

and generating a customized proposal for the customer using the particular product picture, the particular product environment picture and the particular text segment.



5,367,627
("This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/959,525, filed Oct. 13, 1992, U.S. Pat. No. 5,283,865 which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/435,809, filed Nov. 13, 1989, now abandoned. ")

1. A computerized method of selling parts for particular equipment specified by a customer, comprising the steps of:

a) receiving information identifying a customer's parts requirements for the equipment, comprising the step of receiving equipment application information, comprising an identification of the equipment with which one or more parts are to be used;

b) electronically specifying information identifying a plurality of parts and specifications for the parts;

c) gathering parts-related information for one or more parts within the plurality of parts which meets the customer's requirements, comprising the step of electronically associating at least one of the parts within the plurality of parts with the received equipment application information; and

d) receiving the gathered parts-related information and compiling the parts-related information into a proposal meeting the customer's requirements.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Good vibrations...

On June 3, Apple was issued a patent related to simulation of the vibration of a string. This is likely related to a physical-model approach to sound generation for GarageBand or Logic virtual instruments. Such an approach can be superior to sample-based instruments, especially in terms of allowing user-adjustment of characteristics of the instrument and sound using a UI that has the appearance of an actual instrument. Physical modeling for sound generation is not new, of course, having been commercialized most successfully by Korg, Roland (e.g., V-Drums, V-Guitar lines), and others.

The unique aspect here appears to be that "the force acting on the string simulates a stream of a fluid medium flowing relative to the string"



United States Patent
7,381,881
Sapp
June 3, 2008
Simulation of string vibration
Abstract
A method of simulating a string using a wave equation relates movement of the string in time to force acting on the string, wherein the force acting on the string simulates a stream of a fluid medium flowing relative to the string. The simulated string is supported between two supports and is aligned at rest in a first direction between the two supports, a first of which allows movement in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and a second of which does not allow movement. The string is then caused from rest to vibrate in a plane, which includes the first and second directions, by turbulence in the fluid flow causing the stream of fluid medium to exert a pressure on the string in the second direction. Movement of the string out of alignment with the first direction causes the stream of fluid medium flowing in the first direction to exert a force on the string in the second direction.



Claim 1. A method, comprising: simulating a string using a wave equation that relates movement of the string in time to force acting on the string, wherein the string has a longitudinal axis in a first direction and is moveable in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and the force acting on the string simulates a stream of a fluid medium flowing relative to the string in a direction having a component in a third direction orthogonal to both the first and second directions; and creating sounds using the wave equation.

2008-06-03 Newly Issued Apple Patents

1
D570,372
Media device
2
D570,335
Dock insert
3
7,383,457
Adaptive power-reduction mode
4
7,383,453
Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor
5
7,383,400
Method and apparatus for evaluating and improving disk access time in a RAID system
6
7,383,291
Method for sharing groups of objects
7
7,381,881
Simulation of string vibration