07 November 2018
A new patent published on Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office called "Indicators for wearable electronic devices" shows how a watch strap could be expanded from a simple fastening to provide more useful data. The patent's text and supporting images relate to Apple watch straps.
The band has a number of "variably illuminable" portions which are controlled by the main device. This reveals that a single section could light up by varying degrees of brightness, or even a segmented portion that could have individual parts lighting up over time. The patent suggests that it could be made into a number of different shapes like a circle, a triangle, or anything else. Apple states that it could be implemented discretely on the sides of the band.
The patent states, “In effect, the band would ultimately provide data that would normally be offered by the Apple Watch display, but on the band. If a user is monitoring their step count, a segmented bar could slowly fill up throughout the day as the user reaches their target, for example.
For this case, the Apple Watch would perform the monitoring of activity and would command the band to light LEDs or another source to illuminate at a specific level”.
A number of patents never get to see the light of day, it remains to be seen whether the new Watch bands will actually be launched.
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