Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012-01-17 Newly Issued Apple Patents

PAT. NO. Title
1 D652,428 Full-Text Icon for a portion of a display screen
2 D652,426 Full-Text Icon for a portion of a display screen
3 8,099,665 Full-Text Organizing and sorting media menu items
4 8,099,591 Full-Text Techniques and graphical user interfaces for categorical shuffle
5 8,099,536 Full-Text Communication between an accessory and a media player with general and accessory lingoes
6 8,099,528 Full-Text Data filtering using central DMA mechanism
7 8,099,476 Full-Text Updatable real-time or near real-time streaming
8 8,099,473 Full-Text Variant streams for real-time or near real-time streaming
9 8,099,392 Full-Text Electronic backup of applications
10 8,099,332 Full-Text User interface for application management for a mobile device
11 8,099,258 Full-Text Smart garment
12 8,099,252 Full-Text Self-test power management unit
13 8,099,091 Full-Text Method to control configuration change times in a wireless device
14 8,099,079 Full-Text Method and system for distributing data to mobile devices
15 8,098,838 Full-Text Detecting the repositioning of an earphone using a microphone and associated action
16 8,098,534 Full-Text Integrated circuit with separate supply voltage for memory that is different from logic circuit supply voltage
17 8,098,262 Full-Text Arbitrary fractional pixel movement
18 8,098,261 Full-Text Pillarboxing correction
19 8,098,256 Full-Text Video acquisition with integrated GPU processing
20 8,098,250 Full-Text Adaptive and dynamic text filtering
21 8,098,233 Full-Text Wide touchpad on a portable computer
22 8,097,956 Full-Text Flexible packaging for chip-on-chip and package-on-package technologies

Of Note

"Smart Garment":Track clothing usage and wear with an iPhone?

1. A method, comprising:

  • electronically pairing a garment sensor and a garment by way of a first bi-directional communication link, 
    • wherein the garment sensor is physically affixed to the garment;
  • tracking garment usage and detecting wear patterns involving the garment using the garment sensor;
  • forming a second bi-directional communication link between the garment sensor and an external database;
  • sending the tracked garment usage and detected wear patterns to the external database;
  • receiving expected useful lifetime information for the garment from the external database, 
    • wherein the expected useful lifetime information is based on tracked garment usage and detected wear patterns from a plurality of similar garments; and
  • alerting a user when the garment reaches its expected useful lifetime, based on the received expected useful lifetime information and on the tracked garment usage.

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