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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

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RE: Watches are never coming back
By xti on 2/21/2013 2:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
coming back? did they ever leave?

mens watches seem to be as popular as ever?

By NellyFromMA on 2/21/2013 3:29:31 PM , Rating: 1
He said pocket watch didn't he? And a Rolex vs a breakfast cereal slap band hardly seems a fair comparison.

RE: Watches are never coming back
By Motoman on 2/22/2013 10:03:59 AM , Rating: 2
Not even close. Vast numbers of people have just simply stopped wearing watches, due to the fact that they always have their cell phone with them. Even me...a relatively old guy, certainly by technology standards. Like everyone else around me, I habitually wore a watch every day...but one day, several years ago, when the battery died on my watch I just stopped wearing it. Didn't replace the battery, and haven't missed it. Years go by and my mom buys me a new watch for Christmas..."oh, that's a nice watch" - and into a drawer it goes, never to see the light of day again.

Pretty much everyone else I know is the same way. Off the top of my head I can only think of a couple people who actually regularly wear watches anymore.

RE: Watches are never coming back
By Flunk on 2/25/2013 1:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
I depends on what you do for a living and how you want others to see you. Wearing a watch is more about fashion than functionality and has been for years.

It's mostly jewelry at this point, but trust me, a good watch can help your career.

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