Apple has a number of patents on mobile computing, but a new application discovered by AppleInsider combines some old, some new technologies to provide a vision of what could possibly seem like a finished product. The patent in question describes a wrist-mounted flexible screen, built on a support structure that closely resembles the “slap bracelets” children of the nineties probably remember. When used, the display could provide an uninterrupted view that wraps all the way around the wearer’s wrist.
Apple even slap bracelet directly used as an example of how the device would function patent filing. Besides causing nostalgia in people my age, the design would make it possible to use the device in both curved shapes (worn) and flattened, acting as a different species display in any of the scenarios. When on the wrist, Apple describes a sensor that allows the clock to recognize where the end is, so you can manage universal in size while still involving a screen around the wrist without ghosting.
The patent describes some features of the software, which is starting to reach what an iWatch Apple could offer others build smart watches can not or do not yet. Could be used to “adjust the order of current playlist,” review “, a list of recent calls”, type a reply message via a “simple configuration virtual keyboard on the face of the flexible display. ‘ Apple even suggests using as an input device to control and navigate through applications such as Google Maps. If you had trouble conceiving how a iWatch actually could revolutionize portable computing, disclosure of this patent feature begins to respond to that.
Apple patent describes making use of solar energy and kinetic energy to help prolong battery life, and includes provisions for a number of other ways to attach it to the wrist of a user, including snaps, velcro, is ie the slap bracelet aspect could lead to something much more in line with traditional watch design. But more interesting is the functionality described in the patent: Apple shows how, working with their own hardware and software in a way that other manufacturers may not be able to extend the usefulness of a wrist assembly connected smartphone.
The iWatch is rumored to be in production, with reports from Bloomberg, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal recently all surfaces. We have seen before iWatch patents, including those describing elements of this system slap bracelet, but this is the most comprehensive patent to date and feel far more than coincidental result.