Just today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple which showed off a new fault monitoring battery system. According to Apple, the fault-monitoring mechanism is capable of generating an alert and/or disable use of a portable electronic device that holds the battery pack. Imagine the fault-monitoring mechanism indicating the fault via a visual alert such as a color-changing mechanism, or through an audible alarm. Not only that, it also touched on Apple’s Audio Jack Assemblies patent, but that is another story for a different day.
Apple’s original patent application which was published touched on a battery pack that is capable of informing the user of whatever faults that is happening to the battery pack. The battery pack also comprises of a battery cell as well as enclosure material which keeps the battery cell in place. This fault might have somethin to do with a puncture in the enclosure material, a short circuit within the battery cell, and/or a change in pressure within the battery pack. In order to figure out the fault, this fault-monitoring mechanism might be able to make use of a conductive mechanism, a color-changing mechanism, and/or a sensor mechanism in the battery pack itself.
No idea on whether this patent will be applied eventually, if ever, but it is definitely worth taking a look at.
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