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Apple Patents Network That Uses Sensors to Track Everything

By - Source: USPTO | B 18 comments

Network of sensors would track movement of an individual and their belongings.


Apple has applied for a patent that would see a network utilizing sensors to track everything, including people.

The company filed for a patent related to a "personal items network" that functions through movement-monitoring devices. The system would link items such as a wallet, purse, personal data assistant, personal computer, watch, credit card, keys and cell phones through sensors that track and record changes in both environment and condition.

"The invention relates to sensing systems monitoring applications in sports, shipping, training, medicine, fitness, wellness, and industrial production," the patent application reads. "The invention specifically relates to sensing and reporting events associated with movement, environmental factors such as temperature, health functions, fitness effects, and changing conditions."

The movement monitoring devices (MMDs) are able to attach to any item, as well as to people. The sensors record "temperature, humidity, chemicals, heart rate, pulse, pressure, stress, weight, environmental factors, and hazardous conditions."

Unlike technology that powers wearable fitness trackers such as Nike's FuelBand, Apple's MMD sensors have the ability to attach to packages so an individual can track how, for example, a delivery courier is handling your belongings. Should an unauthorized individual attempt to remove the sensor, it would alert you.

"A MMD of the invention can attach to furniture to monitor shipping of furniture. If the furniture were dropped, an impact event occurs and is recorded within the MMD, or transmitted wirelessly, with an associated time tag," the patent application added.

 

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    ionut19 , February 14, 2013 7:08 AM
    So here's the issue.

    Title: Apple patents
    Article: Apple has applied for a patent
    So witch one is it? Did apple applied or was granted? Might wanna get your story straight.
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    Someone Somewhere , February 14, 2013 7:49 AM
    It's called the internet of things. Sorry apple (or not), but it's been done before.

    Then again, that hasn't stopped the patent office yet.
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  • 12 Hide
    ionut19 , February 14, 2013 7:08 AM
    So here's the issue.

    Title: Apple patents
    Article: Apple has applied for a patent
    So witch one is it? Did apple applied or was granted? Might wanna get your story straight.
  • 9 Hide
    CrArC , February 14, 2013 7:15 AM
    Has anyone tried to just patent "electric stuff" yet?
  • 0 Hide
    MaHaDeWa , February 14, 2013 7:27 AM
    One Word : Illuminati.
  • 10 Hide
    Someone Somewhere , February 14, 2013 7:49 AM
    It's called the internet of things. Sorry apple (or not), but it's been done before.

    Then again, that hasn't stopped the patent office yet.
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    alyoshka , February 14, 2013 7:58 AM
    Another one......
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    thecolorblue , February 14, 2013 9:28 AM
    MEMO
    Distribution: company-wide

    All employees are hereby required to wear company provided gloves vest and necktie.

    The gloves and vest will monitor and profile your posture and activity levels to ensure that employee performance levels fit within company standard minimums. Your necktie will monitor your swallow reflex to ensure that you are not consuming more than the allotted maximum quantity of coffee - 1 standard cup per day. We look forward to tracking you. Kiss your freedoms goodbye.

    Sincerely,
    Your corporate overlords.

    ps, this memo also applies to all elementary and high school students attending schools run by this corporation.
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    drbaltazar , February 14, 2013 9:57 AM
    OK NOW !calm down ,apple is in the house,we got a patent now ,so all you wanabe better pay up now,yes this means you too ms ,you sold how many million of those Kinect?also you leap!so tired of this stupidity.if the corp doesn't mass produce said patent they shouldn't get it,period
  • 4 Hide
    drbaltazar , February 14, 2013 10:00 AM
    @thecolorblue:ibet foxconn employe must be cheering right now .(sarcasm)
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    spentshells , February 14, 2013 10:14 AM
    Patents should not be granted in such a general way without any form of physical product or method of implementation Coming up with an idea does not mean when someone else thinks of the same thing but implements it in a way not detailed in the patent troll application should not leave the creator paying a patent holder for nothing but paperwork filed with a board that grants these vague patents due to $corporate influence$
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    bombebomb , February 14, 2013 11:30 AM
    Great, now ill know if my package was dropped during its 2000 mile trip across the USA...

    I worked in shipping once, and let me inform you they do not treat them like new born babies when they pack them into the trailer. That "impact sensor" will be going off every time it is loaded.
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    downhill911 , February 14, 2013 12:57 PM
    Hello Zak
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    elbert , February 14, 2013 1:13 PM
    LOL Apple trying to patent concepts in many science fiction movies. If this just pertains to a device they have created then shouldn't it be use of said device? I don't think they should be allowed to coop ideals from authors. Example this would block the creation of nano bots for health monitoring if allowed to be so broadly defined.
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    g00fysmiley , February 14, 2013 2:52 PM
    insurance company: "well we can't cover that we actually cancelled your policy 7 hours before your heart attack, your iphone 19 detected a heart arithmia and apple sold us the data so we dropped your coverage, enjoy your $xx,xxx.xx bill"
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    InvalidError , February 14, 2013 3:59 PM
    bombebombI worked in shipping once, and let me inform you they do not treat them like new born babies when they pack them into the trailer.

    Most packages can take at least a little bit of abuse.

    Excessive rough-handling on the other hand can get expensive when companies instruct customers to refuse the package if the seal or box is damaged.

    As far as Apple's new patent goes, sounds like another case of Apple patenting the obvious. Make sensors cheap and small enough, you can start embedding/sticking them into/onto everything. Sports injury researchers have been working on helmets and mouth pieces with embedded accelerometers to keep track of potential brain/head/neck injuries in contact sports for a few years already.
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    Kami3k , February 14, 2013 4:06 PM
    MaHaDeWaOne Word : Illuminati.


    Two words: You're dumb.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2013 11:11 PM
    isnt it only expansion of location service that has been existed before?
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    ionut19 , February 15, 2013 8:02 AM
    spentshellsPatents should not be granted in such a general way without any form of physical product or method of implementation Coming up with an idea does not mean when someone else thinks of the same thing but implements it in a way not detailed in the patent troll application should not leave the creator paying a patent holder for nothing but paperwork filed with a board that grants these vague patents due to $corporate influence$


    I totally agree.
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    drbaltazar , July 17, 2013 1:51 PM
    Quote:
    Great, now ill know if my package was dropped during its 2000 mile trip across the USA...

    I worked in shipping once, and let me inform you they do not treat them like new born babies when they pack them into the trailer. That "impact sensor" will be going off every time it is loaded.


    See I regret to in for you your package was dropped 2000 time we refund your item of course !what was in the package?soccer ball!grin