If there is one thing that we have learned about Apple in all these years, it is all about creative thinking and designing unique products. A testament to this thinking can be seen in a patent that was released today related to a portable hotspot device.
Over the years, we have all seen many different hot spot devices being offered by AT&T, Verizon and the likes with different shapes and different characteristics. In the Patent numbered 9,398,637, inventors Anthony Montevergen and David Havskjold take an Apple Spin on the device by proposing a compact device that be rotatably activated and includes interchangeable batteries and a mechanism that prevents inadvertent inactivation of the hotspot device.
The basic design proposes a cylindrical device with no external controls. The device includes two cylindrical portions, which may be rotated to activate the device.
The electronics, antenna, and power supply are contained within the device. The cylindrical portions may be separated to access the internal components. The power supply is included in one of the cylindrical portions and may be interchangeable with power supplies of different capacities.
According to the patent, the main disadvantage of the hotspot devices available out there is inadvertently activating or deactivating the devices and the relative battery lifetime of such devices.
Because the mobile hotspot devices are small and may be used in situations where the user is engaged in strenuous physical activities such as hiking or jogging, inadvertent activation of the mobile hotspot device may occur. The device may be carried in a pocket or otherwise jostled thereby activating an on-off switch which is located on the exterior of the device.
Because of the small size of the mobile hotspot device, it is difficult to provide power to the device for long periods of time as the battery life tends to be proportional to the size of the battery.
The proposed Apple design eliminates this issue by removing all external buttons from the mobile hotspot device and choosing to activate the device instead when you rotate the cylindrical device.
This is one sleek looking mobile hotspot device!
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.