Apple’s “Slap Bracelet” Wearable Device Patent Discovered

/ 7 years ago

A patent application was recently discovered which was filed by Apple, Inc. The patent application indicates that the company is working on a wearable “slap bracelet” type device, filed with the title “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” back in August 2011.

As mentioned in the patent application, the bi-stable spring would be made of thin steel with fabric being used to wrap it and then then-seal it. One side will have the logic board and the battery on the slap bracelet, whereas on the other side it will have a display stuck with an adhesive. It also showed that the display was mounted on the right side of the bracelet with a thicker fabric frame.

The circuit board would come with some on-board sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes and the bracelet would be for universal fit of any wrist size. The patent indicates that there are sensors which will turn off the unused portion of the bracelet in case of any overlaps.

The sensors can even be used curved when strapped around a wrist. It will detect that the device is being worn and provide an uninterrupted screen.

The battery may be powered by solar panels, kinetic energy or even a wireless charger.

The patent describes the following about the display:

“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.”

It’s being said that the tech giant is in talks with Hon Hai Precision Industry who has been working on wearable device technology associated with displays and chips. It will be interesting to see how this device turns out if and when Apple showcase the product to the public.

Source: Daily Tech

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