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Three Apple patent filings point to iWatch features

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Three Apple patent filings point to iWatch features
The USPTO, as is its wont, revealed a trio of patent applications filed by Apple. All three were dated December 14, 2012, and all three dealt with features that could appear on the Apple iWatch. As we told you earlier today, the wearable is in trial production, and is expected to launch this coming October.

One filing revolves around sensors that are on an Apple iPhone and on a wrist-worn device. The sensors can tell that someone's pulse is rising, even if he is not moving. Using other sensors that detect that this user is indoors, a pattern recognition system would concludes that the person is on a treadmill. From there, the session on the treadmill can be converted into data such as miles run, and the hypothetical distance covered.

A second patent tracks the pattern of a person who usually moves minimally after 11pm. If this person has a "Do Not Disturb" setting activated and an alarm set, the system uses probability to decide if the user is sleeping and whether the alarm should go off. In the same vein, the application uses an example of someone wearing a biometric bracelet which revealed that he stayed up late Friday night. The system checks the calendar on his iPhone and sees a reminder to call a friend at 10am Saturday, and an alarm set for 9am Saurday morning. Here, the iPhone bypasses the alert and wakes the user up at 9:45 so that he can get more sleep. If two people, each wearing a biometric bracelet, are in close proximity to the same iPhone, the alarm could be changed into a vibration so that the alarm won't awaken the second person. 

The third application deals with missed notifications. If a user has the "Do Not Disturb" setting on, takes a nap, and misses some notifications, the system can determine when the user is awake. Once he is up from his nap, the system will replay notifications and disable the "Do Not Disturb" setting. If the user makes a small movement, like checking his iPhone for the time, the system will assume that the person is sill sleeping, and all of the original settings will stand.

Will these patent applications end up being used in the Apple iWatch? The Health app in iOS 8 will analyze and store health related data received from third party fitness bands, so surely it will sync with the iWatch when it is released.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:20 8

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


So the first patent is (essentially) for a heartbeat sensor. This has been done before... Why are Apple trying to re-create the wheel every time just with different wording? Its all getting a bit old.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:27 4

6. techperson211 (Posts: 494; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Not surprise with the naming of apple of their so called innovations . They'll just change the name and "viola" it's their invention. I would still go for conventional watches as it is more valuable overtime just like Rolex .

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:42 5

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Not surprise with the naming of samsung of their so called innovations . They'll just add galaxy to the name and "viola" it's their invention. I would still go for conventional watches as it is more valuable overtime just like Rolex .

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:34 1

17. techperson211 (Posts: 494; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Having a hard time thinking what to post . Traditional copy edit paste?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:05

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3287; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You don't a thing about it so how cab you validate your comment?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:05

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3287; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Know a*

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:32 1

16. techperson211 (Posts: 494; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And you know a thing about it?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 23:36 1

12. express77 (unregistered)


I already smell a lawsuit.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 00:44

15. nithyakr (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


They are not re-creating the heartbeat sensor, they are trying to capture if your pulse rate (or heartbeat) is rising even if you are still (I haven't seen this feature on any device as of now!). Which means that something is wrong with your heart and then can notify a nearby hospital using the newly released health kit API. Don't be that biased. Who knows, it might actually save your life one day.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:48

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6212; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They need to fire someone at the USPTO for giving apple B.S. patemnts that already exist.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:20 8

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3287; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Come on Apple. Bring that iwatch to papa.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:24 7

5. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I really feel sorry for your parents and people around you for dealing with such a shallow brat daily

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 17:17

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 10306; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Go Mxy!!!

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:21 8

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 2712; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


One watch to rule them all!

iWatch!

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:01 5

9. engineer-1701d (Posts: 552; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


one watch to destroy them all

Moto360

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 07:44

18. mrblah (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


lol that one has been forgotten already.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:23 8

4. techperson211 (Posts: 494; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


It'll be just a recycle iPod nano. Now they'll call it iwatch.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:49 3

8. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Hahaha

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 00:06 4

13. Donzzy (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Apple once again trying to play the Catch Up game? Lol

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 00:38 3

14. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


fingering fingering just cant wait :)

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