Apple's iWatch revealed in patent application?

Apple's iWatch revealed in patent application?
The lack of innovation from Apple has been apparent to the point that co-founder Steve Wozniak is worried that the company is losing its cool. But with reports that 100 engineers are working on the Apple iWatch, the excitement is slowly building for what could be the next new Apple device. And on Thursday morning, the USPTO released a patent application filed by Apple for a bracelet that can also be used as a watch. The device would have a number of features including the ability to respond to text messages, list phone calls, rearrange playlists and more. A virtual keyboard appears over the flexible screen when needed. The watch would be powered by a combination of solar and kinetic energy.

According to the patent, and images obtained by Patently Apple, the device would use a slap bracelet to wrap around your wrist. Power could come from the use of solar and kinetic energy. According to the patent application, "Active communication between an accessory and a portable electronic device can be accomplished wirelessly. For example, a wireless data connection such as the 5 GHz 802.11n protocol can provide sufficient data transmission bandwidth to transmit a high quality video stream." The application also explains how this device, being worn on the arm, could provide a traveler with a look at a map with a "flick of the wrist." Blinking lights on the edge of the display could alert users to an event.

According to Apple, the device can also be used as a light for night time bike riding while wrapped around an arm or leg. And a gyroscope or accelerometer helps orient the screen correctly.

It seems that everyone has been waiting for Apple's next innovation. This could be it.

source: USPTO via PatentlyApple

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40 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It'll be interesting to see if this does come to fruition this year. Of course when it actually does Apple will make sure the world knows its the first of 2 big things: A. The first ever watch,a new innovative apple invention B. The very first smart watch ever. Either way personally I don't they will be a big seller,the reaction if seen to the Sony smart watch and been poor. That saying if its got an apple sign on it anywhere than perhaps the Ifans will buy it in the millions

4. jdubis

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

fyi there has been smart watches already. Actually apple will market it as the best smart watch ever, from apple. yes we made our watch as a rectangle and used the same 6 yr old operating system

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Marketing it as the best ever is a smart move since it probably will be the best ever.

40. frmrVZguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

I (kinda) told you so ...this article a year ago ... > Renowned French designer is reportedly working with Apple on a ‘revolutionary’ new project Posted: 13 Apr 2012, 12:05, by John V. > post #23. frmrVZguy posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:20 This is a pure guess, but the next really interesting tech is flexible displays; and an art-sy kind of guy might just be able to obtain a pre-production-ready example with the aid of a company with $600billion dollars in assets. The new 'electronic Chihuly'?.... Apple-style......that would wow me....

8. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Why does everyone think Apple invents everything? A. So not new innovative. (Google: smart watch) B. It is not the very first smart watch ever. (Google: smart watch) The 'i'm watch Android smart watch' looks to be the 1st "true" smart watch. You can buy the i'm watch now. It looks like Apple seen some things at CES and ripped them off. Next they patent, then they sue.

9. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

how on earth do you guys not read the sarcasm in andro's post? first, his username is andro. second, 'the first ever watch' isnt going to be a serious apple claim. no offense (seriously), but is english your native language?

13. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Sarcasm is hard to read 1st off. I've seen many posts here from fanboys of any type that are not sarcasm, and are just like that post.

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Lol! As much as I meant it as sarcasm every one of us has to stop and think maybe apple could actually do this to some level!

23. Hemlocke unregistered

Yes, Apple must have seen something at CES, then used their time machine to go back to 2011 to file the patent.Your credibility is somewhere between that of a used car salesman and a career politician. Fanboys like you, on all sides, make these sites a toxic wasteland of verbal diarrhea and blind, unreasoning hatred.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Unless Apple can provide something truly new that we didn't know we 'needed' but ultimately couldn't live without, I don't think an iWatch is going to be the salvation the company needs. A number of attempts have been made to reinvent the watch, including a number of attempts at a smart watch. They all have come up a bit short to date. Maybe Apple knows what we need. Time will tell.

2. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

looks good but can it show the time......lol

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Who needs to have the time shown? You have your smartphone for that. ;-)

3. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I would use this with Google Glass

24. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I would too, just for the irony

5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

We dont need watches (unless its a rolex of corse) all we used to do with watches in the stone ages can now be done with smartphones k!

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That was what I was wondering. What is there that an iWatch can do that an iPhone (or GS III/IV or L920 or other smartphone) can't do that is a compelling value proposition? Strapping it around my ankle for a light while I am riding my bike is NOT a compelling value proposition.

25. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I use a watch while I'm hiking, skiing or near water; though two out of three of those things will probably void the warranty of this watch.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

lol not to be rude but i dont think this is real....

7. nexus718

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

You guys decide to do an article about this but not the chromebook pixel.

10. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

The watch relates to Apple's next mobile device, which just so happens to have similar features to their phones if the patents are anything to go by. It's relevant to the site. The Chromebook though? It's a PC. This isn't a PC website. Phone Arena doesn't cover computing news. At best they'll mention Windows 8 in tandem with Windows phones and tablets because it's relevant.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31625; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post

17. nexus718

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

The reason i posted the above is because they recently had a post about Google working on a touchscreen device running chrome OS so wouldn't make sense to have a follow up article.

16. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

baaaaahhhhh baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

nothing to be excited about. It's same old thing (Sony et al) in a new box ... bored!!!

19. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

thats one weird hand

20. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I'm laughed because I know Apple isn't going to be the first to release it and Apple is known to patent stuff that will never exist for the sake of patents. Anyone want to bet otherwise for $10?

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If Apple is wiki-leaking all sorts of rumors for iwatch is it because Samsung is releasing one :)

22. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

You know what would make this watch remotely good? Samsung's flexible display. Too bad Apple keeps shooting itself in its foot suing everyone. Google Glasses > iWatch.

26. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Gotta hand it to apple, just when I thought they couldn't resize the ipod again and sell it as a new device BAM! ipod wrist! MAGIREVOLUTIONNOVATIVE!!!!!!

27. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i think it'll be cool either android or apple land a partnership with S+arck watch for innovation

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