updated 11:25 am EST, Thu December 27, 2007
Slew of Apple patents
No less than 10 Apple inventions surfaced today at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, with three new applications filed alongside seven documents that were officially granted to the Cupertino-based company. Apple's latest inventions include 'Pulldown correction for progressive display of audiovisual recordings,' as well as two patents related to iPhoto that create computer generated mosaics and touch up photos to remove blemishes. Seven previously-filed patents detail technology for DVD Web system, MagSafe, speech synthesis, and more.
Apple's Pulldown correction for progressive display of audiovisual recordings specifically covers technology that would appeal to professional video markets, like Hollywood and television broadcasters.
The 'Computer Generated Mosaics' filing depicts technology designed to identify images for a presentation as a mosaic. The feature describes dividing an identified image into numerous tiles, scoring each and identifying a matching image from the rest of the photo using the score of each tile.
Another new patent filing, titled 'Method and Apparatus for Digital Image Manipulation to Remove Image Blemishes,' describes an intuitive system for digital manipulation. Users could fix small blemishes in digital images simply by hovering the mouse over the affected area and activating the feature.
Seven patent wins for Apple
Apple also won seven patents related to a DVD Web system, its MagSafe portable power adapter, speech synthesis, color correction of digital video images, accelerated scrolling, a new computer enclosure, and a means of accelerating scrolling for buffered windows.