Apple Granted Patent for Weightlifting Tracker That Utilizes Watch-Like Device

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider) that details a weightlifting tracker that could pair with a watch-like device to provide live progress-tracking to users, offering a potential scenario where Apple's highly-rumored iWatch could be used.

    The patent details how a transmitter could attach itself to a weightlifting bar to count repetitions in real time. The transmitter itself is described as having a number of components, including an accelerometer, processor, Hall effect sensor, and display. While some scenarios describe the sensor as showing live information all by itself, a few note that the small beacons could transfer data to devices such as a watch or phone.

    A sensor (500) shown on-top of a body bar ​
    In a situation where data is transferred to a watch, the patent notes that the watch's housing could include a processor to store data and inform the user of repetitions for workouts over time. This would allow the device to breakdown a user's workout with the use of multiple sensors, even giving information about the body bar or other equipment used.

    Whether Apple integrates the technology described in the patent into a specific product remains to be seen. However, recent reports surrounding the iWatch have described the device as having a multitude of biometric sensors to track a number of health-related metrics, including activity levels.

    Furthermore, it is likely that the iWatch will integrate with iOS 8's recently introduced Health app, which provides an easy to read dashboard of health and fitness data that can be pulled from different sources. Apple also debuted a new TV ad called "Strength" last week that focused on fitness accessories and apps.

    Apple's iWatch is expected to launch later this year, with a recent report stating that the company is aiming for an October unveiling and release date.

    Article Link: Apple Granted Patent for Weightlifting Tracker That Utilizes Watch-Like Device
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Thats what Im talking about!!! Bring it Apple. May or may not ever see this product come to shelves, but as a serious weightroom junkie, this shows me that Apple GETS true health tracking.
  3. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Do you even lift?

    Sounds cool, but I personally prefer excercises that don't rely on me going to a gym or buying equipment (although I have a pull up bar that I can attach to a doorway... that's the only thing in my house that's exclusively used for exercise, I think).
  4. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    I think more people who would use this would benefit more from a real time form feedback, not rep counter.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    Samsung copy fast!

    Come on guys, samsung will be frist!!!
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Just like Samsung, you rushed to make a comment and made a mistake in the process. :p

    On topic, seems like Apple has thought of everything fitness-wise. I wonder if they got the idea from Nike.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    Hmm, maybe it was not accident ;-)

    (aka, the post from Gruber the other day)
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jul 13, 2008
    usually weight lifters(at least the ones willing to purchase a device to help keep track of things) doesn't need a count helper. Its burnt into my brain the way i do things in the gym i don't see a device helping with that. Now keeping track of heart rate is good for me and some sort of calorie counter but not rep count thats a little ridiculous. Especially for the addicted to weightlifting people like me.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I assume you are asking me....Trust me I lift. weightlifting is essential to bone health. Those who just do weight free cardio or those who just lift weights and no cardio are missing the point. The body needs a well rounded fitness routine. Dont just be a bike rider. Dont just be a body builder and dont just be runner.


    Definitely, but this patent shows that Apple is conscious of weightlifting and its importance to health. They have to start somewhere and this is a good start. The future is now bright.
  10. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2012
    While I'm certainly not in the mood for the next round of patent warfare, this is a great idea that I could absolutely see myself using.

    Tracking weight lifting with an app is a huge chore.
  12. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    One day, not so far away, we won't be able to pee without the help of an app telling us the exact the direction of the wind to make sure we're not against the wind.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011

    The calculations are key though. Any app (or brain for that matter) can keep track of reps and weight. What the unknown for me usually is, what is the calorie consumption from the weights? What do I need to replenish and grow muscle? Not everyone can live on powders and shakes, etc. so a lot of my lift time is negated because I can't properly calculate calorie expenditure during or after the workout.
  14. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Maybe it's not that they are specially interested in weight lifting, but weight lifting is one sport where all these fitness bands don't work properly, because they only see quite little body movement and have no means to figure out that there is hard work involved.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    IMO, probably not from Nike. Nike caters to the cardio world and their Fuelband does absolutely zero for weight lifters.

    To my knowledge, no one has 'cracked the code' for proper app/device feedback and calculation for lifting weights.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    Of all the potential goodness that Apple is rumored to be working on this is the one that I least care about. I still have not seen these types of devices actually help anything. For me at least, I exercise the natural way - I go outside and walk or play with friends. The body toning and cardio is collateral of my engaging with people and nature. Once inside, I prefer an ipad or an imac or an iphone to doodle about. Just my thought. I understand that for some they would actually get motivated by something like this. For them, I hope it turns out great.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    Fantastic stuff, make it affordable for multiple bars and/or easily detachable to minimize downtime in changing excercises / bars. Possibly magnetic?
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2014
    So do you people think they will actually make this device ? Or is it just another patent that can be capitalised on when someone ACTUALLY invents the hard ware and not just an idea ?

    Just asking lol the amount of patents you hear companies are granted but they never use them just seems a tad bit ridiculous to me.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2011
    A true weight junkie does NOT care about gadgets like this. Chalk and a barbell is all we need :p
  20. macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Oh I could use the rep count part. I admit, I loose track while doing a set. And, since my brain is on overload most of the time. Being able to easily know which machine I did them on would be great - hello ibeavon....
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    I'm all for wearable health tracker, bring it on soon Apple !!
  22. CoreyTheGent, Jun 10, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2005
    You're thinking too one dimensionally. Look at the bigger picture. We won't buy an iWatch to count reps, that's just one of the many functions it can perform. In combination with other features, you may find yourself using new iWatch weightlifting apps that take your workouts to a new level.

    Maybe it will be good for lifting newbies. Maybe there will be apps that use the gyroscope to teach proper form for exercises. Maybe it will spur millions of people who aren't serious lifters to just incorporate more resistance training into their workout.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    How about a built in IR blaster so that I can lift a cupcake into my fat ugly mouth while turning on the TV to watch Jerry Springer. I do not want to leave my couch because I'm one lazy SOB. And no; I don't want another iAccesory to do this.
    More Americans do this vs. weightlifting.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
  25. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    I personally don't find the Inspector Gadget look sexy. By the time Apple is finished we're going to have gadgets for each limb, head and buttocks. And I do mean each head.

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