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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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New Apple 'iWatch' Patent Application Reveals Slap Bracelet with Wraparound Touch-Sensitive Display




A newly-published patent application from Apple discovered by AppleInsider discloses a new "bracelet" accessory with a wraparound design where the screen would cover the entire outer surface. While the word "watch" is not used anywhere in the patent application, which was filed in August 2011, the "wearable video device" described in the document could clearly serve as an advanced wristwatch.

The patent application describes a "bi-stable spring" design, where the watch strap would automatically curve snugly around any sized wrist, the two ends overlapping as required. The display itself would be flexible, and the patent describes a method by which any portion of the display covered by the overlap could be automatically switched off.

The device's screen is described as having a "touch-sensitive user interface" overlaid on the flexible display, in contrast to the physical buttons used on existing smart watches like Pebble.

The design comprises a thin flexible steel band within a fabric wrap, with the screen glued to the outer surface and the electronics and battery glued to the inner surface, though it also refers to the possibility of a more robust design with a fabric frame surrounding the display.

The display appears to be made up of a series of flexible segments which would be flat when the watch is placed on a desk but which curve as much as needed to fit the wrist when the watch is worn.

The patent application also gives clues as to the possible size of the watch, suggesting a width of one inch. though it should be noted that this refers only to the 'typical' width of such bracelets rather than any specific plan by Apple:
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The most recent widespread use of such a device was the slap bracelet, also called the slap wrap. The slap bracelet consists of layered flexible steel bands sealed within a fabric cover. Typical slap bracelets are roughly one inch in width by nine inches in length. In a first equilibrium position they can be flat. The second equilibrium is typically reached by slapping the flat embodiment across the wrist, at which point the bracelet curls around the wrist and stays relatively secure in a roughly circular position.
The patent suggests that gyroscopes and accelerometers would be used to allow the watch to determine the orientation of the display, depending, for example, on whether it was worn on left or right wrist.

The patent application also lends weight to speculation that the watch would be a partner device to an iPhone rather than a standalone product, as it refers to "a method for passing information between an accessory device disposed on one surface of a bi-stable spring substrate and a portable electronic device." The watch would act as an input device as well as a display, with reference to a virtual keyboard.

While plugging in the watch to a power source appears to be the primary means of charging the battery, the patent also discusses options for solar power and kinetic charging of the battery, two technologies Apple has addressed in previous patent applications.

Many of Apple's patent applications of course never come to fruition in the form of released products, with Apple instead seeking to control certain technologies or aspects of devices that may appear in completely different forms. As a result, it is unlikely that Apple has plans to launch such a slap bracelet watch accessory, but the patent application does give some insight into what Apple has been considering as it has worked on the project.

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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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I wonder if it will be water resistant? That would be important IMO if they are targeting it to the average Joe.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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I wonder if it will be water resistant? That would be important IMO if they are targeting it to the average Joe.
Yep... I mentioned it before... Having young kids that resist bath time is a perfect example... I've lost my last watch like this... Might get a new watch when my youngest is able to take her damn bath by herself.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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Looks interesting... Wake me back up when they apply for FCC certification.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:04 AM   #7
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I wonder if it will be water resistant? That would be important IMO if they are targeting it to the average Joe.
I want to take this device for a swim with me :P
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I wonder if it will be water resistant? That would be important IMO if they are targeting it to the average Joe.
I sure hope so. That would be crucial for me!
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:43 AM   #11
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Was thinking the same when we recently discussed the thick mockups ... Why not use the space to the display ?

No color and style discussion: there is an app for it ...
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:45 AM   #12
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LMAO - those slap bracelets were all the rage back in the late 80's!
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:06 AM   #13
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LMAO - those slap bracelets were all the rage back in the late 80's!
LOL, yeah like OMG those things were awesome! A lot of things from the 80s are coming back, why not a slap braclet with awesome technology inside? I like the idea because it would make it easy to take on/off and would also be unisex.
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LMAO - those slap bracelets were all the rage back in the late 80's!
Given how much we tore those things up I can't wait to see the damage folks do with these.

Perhaps they just add $100 to the price and make apple care + part of the package

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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.
If things like the Fuelband can have sizes so can this. Especially if it is just an add on to an idevice so it doesn't store anything in the watch. Might only need 1-2 GB for the OS

What I want to know other than the water issue is if it might be solar powered to supplement an onboard battery.

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Can companies just patent whatever they think of or do they need the technology to back it up?
This isn't just an idea. It is the tech they would use to implement their version. The details of that tech are trade secret so only the methodology and design are required to explain their version.

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Found it

youtube.com/watch?v=Aw2yiOhsFsc
Nothing in that video is like Apple's patent. If anything it is a step beyond Apple's patent. A concept for taking this tech, if it ever happens, to the next level.

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Exactly. Apple proving once again that it truly only emulates and rarely originates. But the fanboys will lap it up as evident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs

Apple pretty much copied everything to the T.
Really, cause I didn't see anything in their patent about folding up your iPad into a iphone and then into a watch. Or solar power, telling if your phone is spoiled etc

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Would you really go to a cocktail or dinner party w/o a dress watch? Or a high level business meeting.
All the time. Especially parties. I rarely to never wear a watch even at work. My iPhone is fine

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If its apple, its innovation, if its the competitor its emulation.

smh.
You pulled out one detail from a bigger whole that shows that the two are nothing alike.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:46 AM   #15
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A slap on strap? They were a kids toy 20 years ago, it was a crap idea then, it won't have improved

It'll soon loose it's ability to form a tight fit.
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.

The only solution would be to gain a huge amount of weight so you would have a fatter wrist and therefore, a larger display area!!
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The only solution would be to gain a huge amount of weight so you would have a fatter wrist and therefore, a larger display area!!
You wear it wrong, put it on the upper arn ...
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.

The only solution would be to gain a huge amount of weight so you would have a fatter wrist and therefore, a larger display area!!
it'll probably be sold in the US only ... problem solved jk
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.

The only solution would be to gain a huge amount of weight so you would have a fatter wrist and therefore, a larger display area!!
You could put it on over your cuff. You could claim you do it to increase the display area, while secretly gloating that everybody in the office can see that you own one. You would need to be careful of the jealousy however. You know those haters!
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display...
If you had small wrists it could maybe be worn in other areas, perhaps around your ankle or on your gentleman's sausage.
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.

The only solution would be to gain a huge amount of weight so you would have a fatter wrist and therefore, a larger display area!!
No, the other solution is that the device knows the degree of overlap and adjusts the UI display accordingly.
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.
then you're wearing it wrong
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What happens if you have a small wrist. It says the overlapping portions would be disabled...so if you had a small wrist only a small portion of the strap would function as a display.
Simple. Buy the iWatch Mini!
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A slap on strap? They were a kids toy 20 years ago, it was a crap idea then, it won't have improved

It'll soon loose it's ability to form a tight fit.
nope, new metals are available now that have much better shape memory, Nickle Titanium alloys like used in modern wires for braces (like for teeth) have excellent shape memory
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