“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-one newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“The most surprising one of them all is one that snuck through the patent system until today. The newly granted patent, which has never been seen before, reveals a wireless remote control for a vehicle’s steering wheel,” Purcher reports. “At a time when local and federal laws are being drafted to enforce ‘hands free’ operation of smartphones and other devices in vehicles, Apple’s invention comes to the rescue to provide their customers with a sound solution.”
Purcher reports, “The design borrows from Apple’s iPod click wheel but with a new touch-sensitive design. Interesting enough is that one of the engineers working on this project was a principal designer at California’s famous Frog Design.”
Read more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.