Apple Watch might acquire the power to determine a watch band when it’s modified and modify settings or customise the consumer interface sooner or later, in line with a newly granted patent. The Cupertino firm’s patent describes a system that may determine particular bands and reply by performing a particular perform. In the meantime, the patent additionally describes a system that may assist an Apple Watch proprietor monitor how lengthy they use particular straps. The corporate is but to announce plans to brings these options to the Apple Watch.
A new patent granted to Apple (via AppleInsider) on Tuesday describes a function that enables an digital machine to determine a selected watch strap after which reply by performing particular capabilities — together with modifying the settings on the Apple Watch, or customising its consumer interface. The newly granted patent is assigned to Apple and credited to Timothy Johnson, Distinguished Engineer on the firm.
The patent additionally mentions the detection of an “identification component” will enable the digital machine (Apple Watch) to carry out an motion related to that accent. These actions can fluctuate from displaying a particular message or alert to beginning a timer and speaking with one other gadget — assuming the wearable machine provides help for these options.
So as to uncover and determine an Apple Watch band, the patent suggests reflecting gentle — infrared or seen — emitted from the again of the wearable machine, off an identification component with a particular sample that can be utilized to recognise the strap. It’s at the moment unclear whether or not these identification options can be supported on third celebration watch straps for the Apple Watch.
One other technique talked about within the patent is the scanning of a QR code that’s particular to a selected watch band that helps the machine determine the accent. This might mechanically set off an motion, or launch an app or begin a exercise, or begin a timer, based mostly on the kind of strap that’s hooked up to the smartwatch.
Apart from performing duties when linked to an Apple Watch, the patent additionally suggests a mechanism that can enable an Apple Watch to trace utilization of various bands and supply statistics comparable to period of use and related actions, which might give wearers extra insights on their wrist.
Whereas the patent for watch band identification has been granted to Apple, it’s price noting that the corporate has not but introduced any plans to brings these options to the Apple Watch. They might presumably debut on a future wearable from the corporate — such because the successors to the Apple Watch Collection 8 which are anticipated to reach later this yr.