Apple is trying to hide its participation in a new patent application

In an effort to obscure a new patent application filed in 2020, Apple filed it under the names of the respective engineers and did not name Apple. However, if the patent is granted in the US, it will be granted to Apple. This is because the patent has now been published and Apple’s trick is no longer necessary. Considering the lengths Apple has gone to to hide its involvement in the patent application process, the patent must cover some amazing technology. iPhone turns into a self-driving car?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. submitted with European Patent Office (transPatentlyApple), the patent involves the use of wearable tags that are placed on a person’s clothing or body. These tags will monitor some health-related data such as how much sun exposure a person is getting, whether their posture is upright, track user activities, detect falls to call for help if the user hits the surface and is unable to summon help, track movement, and much more. It’s almost like having an Apple Watch watching you but without owning the watch.

The tags will be controlled by an iPhone that can be used to determine what kind of data is being collected

Each tag may contain a different sensor depending on the function for which it is designed. And each tag can be configured and controlled by an electrical device, possibly an iPhone. If so, the iPhone is then used to locate each tag and choose what type of data the user wants each tag to provide. This information can be provided by the user, or based on the data collected by the sensor on each tag. The marks will not be displayed, according to the patent application.

What has a touch screen, of course, is the iPhone and the screen will be able to display real-time and historical data related to the tags.

Illustrations provided by Apple’s patent application demonstrates how multiple marks that cover a user’s entire body can be placed on clothing or applied to the body itself. It can be marked on the ankle and used to monitor the user’s running activity and measure the angle between the leg and the foot. Or one can be marked above the knee and one below the knee to help monitor the angle of the user’s upper leg with the angle of the user’s lower leg while running.

The tags can receive voice input from Siri and charge them using solar or kinetic energy

According to the patent application, users will be able to use Siri as a way to enter certain directions to a tag and a speaker inside the tag will allow it to give an audible response. Tags may also provide the user with haptic feedback. And tags can wirelessly charge their internal batteries or use radio frequency energy transmitted in the air to power them. The battery can also be charged using solar cells or by collecting energy generated by the user’s movements.

It’s not entirely clear where Apple is going with this, and the company files so many patent applications throughout the year that it ends up going nowhere. However, Apple chose to hide its involvement initially, so there’s probably more here than meets the eye. We should point out that the patent application number is EP4175534A2. Inventors listed by GRENA are Benjamin J Grena, Lauren D Gerardi, Didio V Gomes, Camille I Henrot, Joshhua A Hoover, Jennifer N Husted, Gregory Wilson Rice, and Lia Muesato, all from the United States

And we should point out that Apple’s name is now in the patent application as the applicant.

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