Patents by Inventor Tyler S. Bushnell

Tyler S. Bushnell 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: 20210088981
    Abstract: Embodiments include a wearable electronic device including a housing having an internal wall separating an internal chamber from an external chamber, an outer shell defining a port that connects the external chamber to an external environment, a membrane positioned at an opening in the internal wall and configured to equalize a pressure within the internal chamber with a pressure of the external environment, a first pressure-sensing device positioned in the internal chamber and configured to produce a first output, a second pressure-sensing device positioned in the external chamber and configured to produce a second output, and a processing unit configured to estimate the pressure of the external environment using the second output in accordance with a determination an accuracy condition satisfies a criteria and estimate the pressure of the external environment using the first output in accordance with a determination the accuracy condition does not satisfy the criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Jiahui Liang, Tyler S. Bushnell, Sherry Tang, Shannon Yang
  • Patent number: 10955937
    Abstract: An input mechanism for a portable electronic device includes a rotational manipulation mechanism, such as a cap or shaft. The input mechanism also includes a sensor having first capacitive elements coupled to the manipulation mechanism, second capacitive elements, and a dielectric positioned between the first and second capacitive elements. Movement of the manipulation mechanism alters the positions of the first and second capacitive elements with respect to each other and is determinable based on capacitance changes resulting therefrom. In some implementations, the second capacitive elements may be part of an inner ring or partial ring nested at least partially within an outer ring or partial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Collin R. Petty, Adam T. Clavelle
  • Patent number: 10957969
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to electronic devices with antennas. The antenna may be a display-integrated antenna. An antenna feed for the antenna may be located in a recess in a sidewall of a housing of the device. The antenna feed may be coupled to transceiver circuitry on a logic board of the device by a pair of flex circuits. A first one of the pair of flex circuits may form a portion of an antenna feed assembly. A second one of the pair of flex circuits may be an impedance-matching flex having an end that is soldered to the main logic board. The antenna may be coupled to a conductive portion of the housing of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer Pandya, Mario Martinis, Baris Ozgen, Tyler S. Bushnell, Sherry Tang, Henry H. Yang, Christopher M. Werner, Jayesh Nath, Carlo Di Nallo, Andrea Ruaro
  • Publication number: 20210072335
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a magnetometer of an electronic device can include detecting a change in a magnetism of the electronic device, collecting a first magnetic field data from the magnetometer at sampling frequency of at least 1 hertz, generating an elliptical calibration model based at least partially on the collected first magnetic field data, collecting a second magnetic field data from the magnetometer, and fitting the collected second magnetic field data to a sphere using the elliptical calibration model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Gunes Dervisoglu, Christopher D. Guichet, Adam S. Howell, Alexander J. Wiens, Christopher E. Balcells, Erik L. Wang, Jonathan M. Beard, Tang Y. Tan, Theodore Lao, Tyler S. Bushnell, Hung A. Pham
  • Publication number: 20210074958
    Abstract: This application relates to a battery system for reducing spacing between components in an electronic device. The battery system includes a housing surrounding an electrode assembly and a connection module. The housing is rigid or semi-rigid and connected to a common ground. The battery system can be positioned in the electronic device to contact components without damaging the components. In some embodiments, the battery system can be used as a structural element in the electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Pelletier, Brad G. Boozer, Christopher M. Werner, Tianren Xu, Brian K. Shiu, Simone M. Missirian, Haran Balaram, Abhishek P. Shiwalkar, Shravan Bharadwaj, Alexander Manosov, Matthew S. Theobald, Huan Huang, Tyler S. Bushnell, Katharine R. Chemelewski, Premanand Ramadass, Yanning Song, Christopher R. Pasma
  • Patent number: 10930915
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery cell with leads extending from the battery and a circuit including a substrate and contacts that extend from the substrate. The leads are coupled to the contacts by mechanical or adhesive bonds located on sections of the contacts extending from the substrate. In various implementations, the circuit may include a variety of different components coupled to the substrate. Such components may be operable to perform a variety of functions such as regulating, monitoring, controlling, and/or otherwise managing the battery cell. Such components may include one or more battery management units, safety circuits, capacity gauges, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Charles W. Werley, Richard M. Mank, Xiaoyun Hu, Thai T. Ton, George V. Anastas, Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan
  • Publication number: 20210018799
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may be mounted in a housing. Electronic components may be mounted in an interior region of the device. The display may have an array of pixels configured to display an image. A border region such as a ring-shaped border may run along the outermost peripheral edge of the array of pixels. The display may be covered by a transparent display cover layer. The transparent display cover layer may have opposing inner and outer surfaces. The inner surface may face the interior region of the device. A laser-marked light-scattering structure may be embedded within an interior portion of the display cover layer between the inner and outer surfaces. The light-scattering structure may be located in the border region and may be illuminated by a light-emitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Richard A. Davis, Christopher M. Werner
  • Patent number: 10890978
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to provide haptic feedback to a user based on an input action associated with an input device. The electronic device includes a haptic engine operably connected to a processing device. The haptic engine includes an electromagnetic actuator that detects an input action associated with the input device. The electromagnetic actuator also produces a haptic output in response to the detection of the input action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Benjamin J. Kallman, David M. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10871860
    Abstract: A flexible sensor includes a compliant layer positioned between two substrate layers. The compliant layer includes a first compliant material and a second compliant material that is more deformable or compressible than the first compliant material. The flexible sensor can be bent, twisted, shaped, or otherwise manipulated at the section(s) of the flexible sensor that include the second compliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Michael B. Wittenberg, Devon A. Monaco
  • Patent number: 10866619
    Abstract: A biometric button assembly may be disposed in an opening of an enclosure of an electronic device. The biometric button assembly may include an input member that forms an exterior surface of the button housing and is configured to receive inputs, for example from a user of the electronic device. The biometric button assembly may further include a biometric sensor for detecting the received inputs and transmitting a signal to a processor of the electronic device. The signal may correspond to a biometric characteristic, such as a fingerprint. A flexible conduit may transmit the signal to the processor. A portion of the flexible conduit and a seal may be positioned between the button assembly and the enclosure that prevents contaminants from entering the button housing and the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, James G. Horiuchi, Michael K. McCord, Trevor J. Ness
  • Patent number: 10866615
    Abstract: An electronic device display may have an inner layer with a pixel array for displaying images and an outer layer with an array of light modulator cells operable in transparent and light-blocking modes. Force sensor and touch sensor circuitry may be used to gather user input such as information on finger pressure or stylus input applied to a location on the display. A block of the cells may be placed into a transparent mode to form a transparent window based on information from the sensor circuitry. Images on the pixel array may be viewed through the window. In another mode of operation, images can be displayed by adjusting the cells of the light modulator layer and backlight illumination may be provided by the pixel array. A camera and a flash or other optical components may be overlapped by an adjustable shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Harry K. Ng, Alvin K. Ng, Katherine E. Tong, Tyler S. Bushnell, Amin M. Younes, Benjamin S. Bustle, Christopher D. Jones, James R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20200356139
    Abstract: An electronic device display and a display cover layer may be coupled to a housing. The display may have an array of pixels that are configured to emit light. One or more light redirecting elements may be incorporated into the electronic device that redirect and thereby change the direction of light rays emitted from peripheral pixels in the display. The light redirecting elements may be used to enlarge the effective size of the display, to create images on sidewall surfaces of the display cover layer, and/or to create diffuse glowing areas around the periphery of the device. Light redirecting elements may be formed as integral portions of a display cover layer, as laminated optical films on a display cover layer, or as coating layers on a display cover layer. Afocal optical systems may be formed by placing first and second light redirecting elements on opposing first and second sides of a display cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, John N. Border, Victoria C. Chan
  • Publication number: 20200260971
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a wearable device may have an optical sensor. The optical sensor may have a light source such as one or more visible-light light-emitting diodes or other light-emitting devices and may have a light detector formed from one or more photodetectors. The wearable device may have a wearable housing in which the optical sensor is mounted. During operation, light from the light source may pass through a transparent portion of the housing, may reflect from an external object such as a wrist or other body part of a user, and may be received by the photodetectors after passing through light control members. The light control members may be arranged in a ring with a center and may have curved shapes with concave surfaces that face the center. Each light control member may be formed from a stack of laminated bent light control films.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventor: Tyler S. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 10734997
    Abstract: A touch and force sensitive rocker switch or button array for a portable electronic device can include multiple dome switches or force sensors, as well as a capacitive sensing surface that can detect finger location and swipes. A cosmetic surface can cover the entire elongated switch/button and portions of device housing proximate the button, and can be configured to transfer each of multiple types of input there through to the button and also provide a seal to the device housing interior. The cosmetic surface can be a flexible polymer to allow local deformation, and/or the entire surface can tilt or bend to permit inputs to transfer there through. The elongated button/switch can be raised from a surface of the device, and can be located along a side of the device, with a front face of the device being a touchscreen, such as for a smart phone or watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Adam T. Clavelle, Sameer Pandya, Sherry Tang
  • Publication number: 20200244262
    Abstract: A touch and force sensitive rocker switch or button array for a portable electronic device can include multiple dome switches or force sensors, as well as a capacitive sensing surface that can detect finger location and swipes. A cosmetic surface can cover the entire elongated switch/button and portions of device housing proximate the button, and can be configured to transfer each of multiple types of input there through to the button and also provide a seal to the device housing interior. The cosmetic surface can be a flexible polymer to allow local deformation, and/or the entire surface can tilt or bend to permit inputs to transfer there through. The elongated button/switch can be raised from a surface of the device, and can be located along a side of the device, with a front face of the device being a touchscreen, such as for a smart phone or watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler S. BUSHNELL, Adam T. CLAVELLE, Sameer PANDYA, Sherry TANG
  • Publication number: 20200233495
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to provide haptic feedback to a user based on an input action associated with an input device. The electronic device includes a haptic engine operably connected to a processing device. The haptic engine includes an electromagnetic actuator that detects an input action associated with the input device. The electromagnetic actuator also produces a haptic output in response to the detection of the input action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Benjamin J. Kallman, David M. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10707032
    Abstract: Electronic devices having input structures that are operative to translate a relatively small travel of an input surface to a larger travel elsewhere. For example, force exerted on an input surface of an input body may cause a corresponding input body to move a first distance. An arm, lever mechanism, or the like may have an end or other portion that moves a second distance in response to the input body's motion. The second distance may be greater than the first; in some embodiments, the second distance may be an order of magnitude or more than the first distance. The travel may close or open a switch in response to the force exerted on the input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Daniel William Jarvis, Benjamin J. Pope, Erik G. de Jong, Tyler S. Bushnell, Christopher T. Cheng, Trevor J. Ness, William C. Lukens, Steven P. Cardinali, Robert D. Turner
  • Publication number: 20200186179
    Abstract: An electronic device housing may be formed from housing members. A first housing member may form a display cover layer that overlaps pixels. During operation, the pixels may display an image that is viewable through the display cover layer. The second housing member may have a rear wall portion and a sidewall. A band may be coupled to the sidewall or other portion of the second housing member. The first and second housing members may be attached together using a housing member attachment structure. The housing member attachment structure may have layers of adhesive and printed circuit structures. The printed circuit structures may include metal traces that form an antenna and that form capacitive force sensor electrodes on opposing sides of a compressible member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: James G. Horiuchi, Tyler S. Bushnell, Brad G. Boozer, Mario Martinis, YoungHoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20200159172
    Abstract: A compact crown for an electronic device such as an electronic watch, including a set of wipers capable of determining a rotation angle, rotation direction, or rotation speed, is disclosed. The set of wipers is in contact with at least one resistance member at different angular positions around a rotation axis. The crown may have a group of ground taps disposed along the resistance member and a measured signal may vary based on the position of each wiper as it contacts the at least one resistance member. A compact crown may also include capacitive members and capacitive sensors in order to similarly determine rotation angle, rotation direction, or rotation speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Adam T. Clavelle, Christopher M. Werner, Colin M. Ely, Stephen N. Sweet, Sriram Moorthy, Huan Peng
  • Publication number: 20200110473
    Abstract: An input mechanism for a portable electronic device includes a rotational manipulation mechanism, such as a cap or shaft. The input mechanism also includes a sensor having first capacitive elements coupled to the manipulation mechanism, second capacitive elements, and a dielectric positioned between the first and second capacitive elements. Movement of the manipulation mechanism alters the positions of the first and second capacitive elements with respect to each other and is determinable based on capacitance changes resulting therefrom. In some implementations, the second capacitive elements may be part of an inner ring or partial ring nested at least partially within an outer ring or partial ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Collin R. Petty, Adam T. Clavelle