Print 48 comment(s) - last by Fritzr.. on Feb 27 at 10:27 AM

The patent application is for a "Bi-stable spring with flexible display"

A patent application filed by Apple indicates that it certainly is working on a wearable device, but it will work much like a "slap bracelet."

The patent application, discovered Thursday, was for a "Bi-stable spring with flexible display." It was filed in August 2011.

According to the application, the bi-stable spring would be made out of thin steel and wrapped in fabric covering, then heat-sealed. The display would be located on one side of the bracelet (overlaid with an adhesive) and the logic board and battery would be placed on the other side. Another idea shows that display mounted right to the bracelet and framed by a thicker fabric.

It is made for universal fit of any wrist (or other body part where the user wishes to wear it). The patent described sensors for "end-detection," which means these sensors can turn off an unused portion of the bracelet (for smaller wrists) that is covered by the bracelet overlap.

Other on-board sensors, like gyroscopes and accelerometers, can be used while the bracelet is in curved form (around the wrist) to detect when it is being worn and provide an uninterrupted screen. This would also make sure the screen's information is in the right position for the user to see it.

As far as the information provided on the display, the patent says this:

"With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display."

Further, the battery could be powered by solar panels and kinetic energy to increase efficiency. It will also likely feature wireless charging for the internal battery.

Just last week, it was reported that Apple was working on a smart watch device. The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and Hon Hai has been working on new technologies for wearable devices, such as more efficient displays and chips at that size.

Source: Apple Insider

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

*$$* Tracy has prior art on this ...
By edantes on 2/21/2013 1:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
The US Patent Office is already tech world's laughing stock. It won't help if this patent is granted. Once there is a practical high resolution flexible display, the device is 100% trivial. And I doubt the display will be Apple's invention.

By Trisped on 2/21/2013 2:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
My though exactly.

Their idea of combining two existing technologies is rather obvious. Not to mention the fact that there are already companies which put limited function computers into slap bracelets.

Obvious and trivial.

RE: *$$* Tracy has prior art on this ...
By Solandri on 2/21/2013 2:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
Back in the 1980s there was a patent suit over early cell phones. The Dick Tracy comic was in fact used as prior art (portable two-way communications device) to defeat the lawsuit and overturn the patent.

By JeBarr on 2/22/2013 1:08:22 AM , Rating: 1
Speaking of Dick Tracy...

With this we are one step closer to the Holographic Wrist Communicator.

Can't wait.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki