2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday released three new applications from Apple. Based on the data presented, all three patents describe a technology for improving the accuracy of the pedometer.
Perhaps this should be taken as a hint that soon Apple will literally start to take a little care of the physical condition of its customers.
While none of the three patents, titled Methods for Improving Pedometer Accuracy, mentions the use of any of these technologies in any accessory, it should never be ruled out. If only because such technologies are not used by any other company working in the production of high-tech devices and accessories to them.
So, all three methods solve the same problem - they help to make the pedometer readings more accurate. Now, due to hardware and software limitations, the readings of such devices cannot be called accurate. Apple engineers hope that through the use of intelligent data collection and processing systems, the problem of pedometer accuracy will become irrelevant.
The patents describe a pedometer that is equipped with devices such as an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Thanks to this, the device will be able to probe the surrounding area, recalculate steps and determine distance and other indicators with very good accuracy.
Nowadays, most technologies for measuring distance traveled only use data from an accelerometer. Using technologies described in Apple's patent applications also collects data such as frequency filtering. Data analysis can include Fourier transform or other algorithms, while the data obtained can be calibrated using the least squares or K-factor method.
In addition, the user, in fact, no longer needs to enter height, weight and some other data for a more correct calculation. And this has two advantages at once:
- First, the user gets rid of the need to enter his data, which, moreover, may not always be known;
- Secondly, it will allow you to more accurately measure the distance traveled, the number of steps and other indicators due to the complete automation of the process.
By the way, such a pedometer can not only be released as an additional accessory, but also be included in the specifications of other Apple devices, both already released and hypothetical.
In conclusion: the authors of the development were Yash Rohit Modi, Vinay Betgiri Ganesh Dixit and Saurabh Gupta, and the documents were sent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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