Three Apple patent filings point to iWatch features

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



1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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 .

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 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 .

17. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Know a*

16. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And you know a thing about it?

12. express77 unregistered

I already smell a lawsuit.

15. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Come on Apple. Bring that iwatch to papa.

5. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go Mxy!!!

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One watch to rule them all! iWatch!

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

one watch to destroy them all Moto360

18. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

lol that one has been forgotten already.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

8. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


13. Donzzy

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

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

14. FingerMyApple unregistered

fingering fingering just cant wait :)

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