When Apple launched the brand new HomePod mini, they launched the inspiration for Apple‘s imaginative and prescient of an interconnected good dwelling. The video introduced under which begins on the 2:59 mark and runs by means of to the 12:42 mark, acts as a reminder of how the HomePod mini was launched and the place Apple‘s VP Worldwide Product Advertising and marketing Bob Borchers and others defined how HomePod mini was designed to not solely ship music but additionally act as a brand new good intercom system within the dwelling that would work with “multi-user units in a related dwelling atmosphere.” That additionally occurs to be the title of 5 Apple patents that have been printed yesterday supporting Apple‘s good dwelling imaginative and prescient.
Multi-Person Units in a Linked Home Atmosphere
Yesterday the U.S. Patent Workplace printed 5 Apple patents regarding the good dwelling that carried the exact same title although every carrying a distinct piece of the entire. The patent abstracts under seize the variations between every.
As well as, Apple‘s patent claims, whereas sharing some commonality, are typically completely different in what options that they are particularly defending.
20200382332 – Summary: An digital gadget, with a show gadget, a communication gadget, a number of processors and reminiscence, shows a primary illustration of a primary controllable exterior gadget, the place the primary controllable exterior gadget is located at a location. The gadget detects a primary enter akin to a choice of the primary illustration of the primary controllable exterior gadget. In response to detecting the primary enter, the gadget transmits directions, utilizing the communication gadget, to the primary controllable exterior gadget to carry out a perform if the primary controllable exterior gadget is of a primary sort or shows, utilizing the show gadget, a consumer interface for controlling traits of the primary controllable exterior gadget.
20200382513 – Summary: A tool implementing a system for sharing a voice profile features a processor configured to obtain a request to share a primary voice profile akin to a primary consumer account related to a primary gadget, with a second gadget related to a second consumer account, the second gadget being voice-enabled, the primary voice profile being saved on a primary information retailer related to the primary consumer account. The processor is additional configured to replace a second information retailer related to the second consumer account to incorporate a reference to the primary voice profile saved on the primary information retailer, and to ship, to the second gadget, a notification that the second information retailer has been up to date to incorporate the reference to the primary voice profile.
20200382517 – Summary: A tool implementing a system for responding to a voice request features a processor configured to obtain a voice request, the gadget being related to a consumer account, and decide, based mostly on the voice request, a confidence rating that the voice request corresponds to a voice profile related to the consumer account. The processor is additional configured to pick, based mostly at the very least partly on a content material of the voice request and the boldness rating, a request area from amongst plural request domains for responding to the voice request, and supply for a response to the voice request based mostly on the chosen request area.
20200380983 – Summary: A tool implementing a system for offering content material in response to a request features a processor configured to obtain a voice request for content material related to a house atmosphere, the voice request akin to a consumer account, and decide, based mostly on the voice request, to not present the content material by way of the gadget. The processor is additional configured to pick, in response to the figuring out, a second gadget from amongst a number of units related to the house atmosphere, whereby the choosing is predicated at the very least partly on configuration settings related to the house atmosphere, and supply for the second gadget to output the content material based mostly on a profile of the consumer account.
20200380996 – Summary: A tool implementing a system for responding to a voice request features a processor configured to obtain a voice request for content material, the voice request akin to a primary consumer account, the gadget being related to the primary consumer account, a second consumer account and a default account. The processor if additional configured to find out that the content material is unavailable by way of the primary consumer account, and supply, in response to the figuring out, the content material by way of at the very least one of many second consumer account or the default account.
Whereas the content material of every of the 5 patents beneath the identical title are completely different in various points thought they every carry a standard set of patent figures. Under are just some of the important thing ones.
Apple‘s patent FIG. 1 under illustrates an instance community atmosphere that features a related dwelling atmosphere containing multi-user units.
Apple‘s patent FIG. three illustrates an instance course of for using a voice profile in a related dwelling atmosphere.
Apple‘s patent FIG. four under illustrates an instance technique of sharing consumer profile information contained inside information shops with a multi-user gadget.
Person Interfaces for Managing Controllable Exterior Units.”
A sixth patent from Apple overlaying the good dwelling theme was printed yesterday beneath quantity 20200382332, titled “Person Interfaces for Managing Controllable Exterior Units.”
Apple‘s patent covers strategies that present digital units with sooner, extra environment friendly strategies and interfaces for managing controllable exterior units. Such strategies and interfaces optionally complement or exchange different strategies for managing controllable exterior units. Such strategies and interfaces scale back the cognitive burden on a consumer and produce a extra environment friendly human-machine interface. For battery-operated computing units, such strategies and interfaces preserve energy and enhance the time between battery expenses. In some embodiments, having a consumer interface for managing controllable exterior units as an alternative of getting a distinct software for managing every controllable exterior gadget simplifies the consumer expertise and due to this fact reduces pointless/extraneous/repetitive acquired inputs wanted to handle controllable exterior units.
This specific patent submitting is directed in the direction of HomeKit interfaces that would apply to the iPhone and iPad, although the patent figures solely illustrates iPhone UIs. Under are just some of the patent figures inside a sea of interface patent figures that you may evaluation by yourself.
HomeKit was formally launched on September 17, 2014, together with iOS 8. The framework allowed third-party apps to interface with HomeKit units utilizing Siri and permit distant entry by means of dwelling hubs.
Apple‘s ‘332 patent overlaying HomeKit was solely filed in May 2019 and printed yesterday. Which means that yesterday’s patent software is overlaying new details about this venture and certain presents many new consumer interface patent figures.