Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s New Patent Filing Hints At A More Complicated But Personalized Apple Watch
A patent filing by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) detaisl gesture controls for the Apple Watch. It appears Apple dreams of building more sensors into not only the Watch itself but also the wristband that holds it. The gesture operations that Apple described in its patent filing could make the Apple Watch a more personalized device, but also a more complicated piece of technology.
It is interesting that only recently Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT)’s CEO, James Park, claimed that what was holding back rapid growth of the wearable tech market was complicated products. Park claimed that makers of smartwatches weren’t doing enough to let consumers understand the benefits they could get from using those devices. Instead, smartwatch vendors are more concerned about claiming how their products are trendier than rivals.
But the call to simplify wearable devices could be something that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t ready to heed just yet. In its patent filing, Apple describes how the future Apple Watch could be designed to interpret movements of bones and tendons as operation commands. That means that moving the arm, writs or finger in a certain manner could led to a certain operation being performed by the Watch.
More ways to interact with Apple Watch
Gesture-based commands for the Apple Watch could increase the options for interacting with the wearable. Today, the main ways to give instructions to the Apple Watch is by way of voice and touch input. If Apple is granted the patent and goes ahead to implement the technology, the future Apple Watch could have alternatives to voice and touch as ways of giving commands.
Sensor-laden Apple Watch
The gesture instructions that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) envisions in the future Apple Watch could see the device packed with a large number of sensors of different kinds. What the company will be aiming at is using optical systems to understand what is going on beneath the skin of the Watch wearer to trigger appropriate actions.
An Apple Watch that understands gestures could be used in sign language communication. Think about a hall where there are those who understand sign language and those who don’t. Those who don’t understand sign language could then have the Watch interpret the signed letters and then a speaker reads the letters out aloud.
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