New Patent Application Made for Apple’s Long Rumoured iWatch

22 February 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

We’ve been keeping close tabs on all the rumours emerging about Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch – the latest news reports from Apple Insider and Patently Apple are that a patent application for “an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch” has been made.

Rather than some of the previously assumed ideas of what an iWatch would entail, this recently submitted patent describes a wristband with a bi-stable spring (as might be found in a snap bracelet) and a nifty function that ensures the device only displays visible surface area based on a user’s wrist size by deactivating unseen pixels.

The current application states that the iWatch could sense body position, as well as automatically orient its visible surface towards the wearer – allowing, for example, a user to flip their wrist and have the display re-orientate itself for maximum usability. If this is true, it will certainly boost the concept of responsive design interface up several notches.

Also described in the patent are a solar panel and a mechanism that smartly captures kinetic energy from the user’s arm to extend the watch’s battery life. As with the rest of the rumours though, we will just have to wait and see what actually transpires.

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