Patents by Inventor Tyler D. Hawkins

Tyler D. Hawkins has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200356687
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can restrict the use of another computing device in certain contexts. For example, a parent may wish to use the parent's computing device to restrict her children's use of the children's computing devices while the children are in school while the children should be participating in some other activity. For example, the parent's controller device may be enabled to remotely configure and control the usage of the satellite device(s) without needing to physically access the satellite device. The parent may implement limitations, permissions, or different policies that may govern, for example, the ability of the satellite device to communicate with other devices, execute various application functionalities, run any particular software, and manage its own settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Salzman, Christopher G. Skogen, David S. Clark, Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20200359204
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide for a satellite device that can be associated with a user account of a minor aged (e.g., child or adolescent) user that does not have a smartphone that can be used as a companion device to the satellite device. The satellite device can be configured to be used as a primary device, without reliance upon a paired smartphone. Certain information can be synchronized with the satellite device via the association with the family account. During initial configuration, a set of cryptographic keys can be generated to associate the account of the satellite device with the set of accounts in the family. The satellite device can then access calendars, media, or other data that is shared with user accounts within a family of user accounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler D. Hawkins, David S. Clark, Reed E. Olsen, Paul W. Salzman
  • Publication number: 20200319603
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for providing enhanced configuration features includes receiving, by a computing device, indication that a wearable device has started a pairing process with a second electronic device and obtaining images corresponding to the wearable device. Moreover, the method includes analyzing, by the computing device, the images to determine one or more aspects of the wearable device and configuring the wearable device using the one or more aspects of the wearable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Reed E. Olsen, Andreas E. Schobel, Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10782651
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for providing enhanced configuration features includes receiving, by a computing device, indication that a wearable device has started a pairing process with a second electronic device and obtaining images corresponding to the wearable device. Moreover, the method includes analyzing, by the computing device, the images to determine one or more aspects of the wearable device and configuring the wearable device using the one or more aspects of the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Reed E. Olsen, Andreas E. Schobel, Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10708408
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired or associated with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20200184798
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. Further, a companion device or accessory device can detect signals from different wireless-capable devices in an environment. The companion device or the accessory device can configure an interface displayed on the companion device or the accessory device, respectively, based on signal information about the different wireless-capable devices in the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10629057
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10600310
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190369569
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for providing enhanced configuration features includes receiving, by a computing device, indication that a wearable device has started a pairing process with a second electronic device and obtaining images corresponding to the wearable device. Moreover, the method includes analyzing, by the computing device, the images to determine one or more aspects of the wearable device and configuring the wearable device using the one or more aspects of the wearable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Reed E. Olsen, Andreas E. Schobel, Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190356767
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired or associated with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10419595
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10389865
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable accessories can scan for one or more on-body states from one or more paired accessories, determine based on a difference in on-body states that a switch between accessories has occurred, the switch being to a second accessory from a first accessory, and transmit synchronization data to the second accessory in response to determining that the second accessory has established a communication connection for data exchange with the companion device. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20190141177
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable items that have been paired with an electronic device, such as a smartphone, are described. In one embodiment, the wearable items automatically detect a removal of a first wearable item from a user's body and an attachment of a second wearable item to the user's body. Messages from the wearable items are transmitted to the electronic device to allow the electronic device to switch the active wearable item from the first wearable item to the second wearable item. The switch can occur while the electronic device is in a locked state, and the electronic device can synchronize the second wearable item with data received from the first wearable item. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20190114900
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190096228
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190034188
    Abstract: A companion device can obtain a new version of a software program (e.g., in portions) from a server at the request of an accessory device, and provide the new version of the software to the accessory device. The software update of the accessory device can be initiated at the companion device. The companion device can communicate with the accessory device before and after the update to determine whether the update was successful. A notification about the update can then be provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Eric S. Brown, Gregory B. Novick, Paul W. Chinn, David C. Donley, Tyler D. Hawkins, Julien A. Poumailloux
  • Patent number: 10194014
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone are described. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20190020751
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between wearable accessories can scan for one or more on-body states from one or more paired accessories, determine based on a difference in on-body states that a switch between accessories has occurred, the switch being to a second accessory from a first accessory, and transmit synchronization data to the second accessory in response to determining that the second accessory has established a communication connection for data exchange with the companion device. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Publication number: 20180352435
    Abstract: Migration of a pairing of wearable device to a new companion electronic device is disclosed. In one embodiment, pairing migration is performed by syncing and verifying a migration key in the wearable and new companion device. Pairing migration includes moving settings and pairing data of the wearable to the new companion device in response to detecting the wearable is associated with the migration key, wherein the migration key establishes a validation of trust of the wearable relative to the companion device. The settings and pairing data can include configuration and protected data and one or more keys to establish a trust relationship between the wearable and new companion device. The settings and pairing data can also include device data such that the wearable can be discoverable by the new companion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Per Love Hornquist Astrand, Chen Ganir, Craig P. Dooley, James C. Grandy, Julien A. Poumailloux, Tyler D. Hawkins, David S. Wilser, David P. Remahl
  • Patent number: 10110722
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone are described. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta