Apparently, Apple discovered another patent application from Apple in Europe today covering Apple Watch tapes with built-in circuits. Apple notes that the bands can also double as standalone devices. In addition, the invention covers possible future health features and the ability to add alerts and emojis on the tape display and more.
According to Apple, the electrical components can be mounted on flexible printed circuits. A flexible print circuit may be encapsulated by elastomeric polymeric material or other material that forms the tape. Parts of the flexible printed circuitry may have serpentine information to increase flexibility and prevent trace of metal traces.
The elastomeric polymeric material can form cavities that receive the electrical components. Electrical components such as LEDs can be mounted on the flexible printed circuit boards so that the LEDs are located in the cavities. Reflective sidewalls in the cavities can reflect light from the light emitting diodes through a diluted portion of the band. Light diffusing material in the voids can be formed from clear polymer with light dispersing particles.
The electrical components of the band may include buttons, touch sensors and other input devices, including sensors such as light sensors, temperature sensors, power sensors, humidity sensors, humidity sensors, particle sensors, magnetic sensors, accelerometers, pressure sensors, physiological sensors, heart rate sensors, electrocardiogram electrodes for sensing electrocardiograms , ultraviolet light sensors and other sensors. In some configurations, some electrical components such as sensors may turn downward towards the user's wrist or other part of the user's body and other electrical components such as LEDs may reach the user's eyes.
Apple's patent Figure 2 below is an Apple Watch with new band circuits; FIG. 15 is a diagram showing how the flexible printed circuit with contact contacts allows the flexible printed circuitry to pair to pairing contacts in a connector of a clock device or other electrical device structure.
Apple Patent Figure 17 above is a top view of an illustrative ribbon and main unit in an electronic device that shows how a buckle can be connected to a ribbon. The tape may contain a system-on-one chip device, Fig. 19 is a top plan view of a portion of a screen with a screen and an electrocardiogram electrode that can be used to collect other biometric data.
Apple notes that the technology that is embedded in a turbine can also be used in other future devices like a portable ribbon, pendant, a device built into smartglasses, an Apple further notes that under the LEDs of the Apple Watch tapes visual may appear outputs, such as alerts (such as time alerts, incoming message alerts, etc.), emojis, messages, text, graphics, images, moving images, flash lights, or special color or color lights that serve as status indicators power level indicators, wireless signal strength indicators, heartbeat per minute readings, an ultraviolet light exposure indicator (Apple has recently won patent) and / or other appropriate visual output.
A new health-oriented feature Apple estimates that measures the user's blood oxygen level. ] By means of components that emit light, it can be sent to a user's finger and pass through a user blood that can absorb the light relative to the amount of oxygen carried by the user's blood. By using a photodetector in diodes, the light can be measured and the amount of absorbed light determined to provide an acidic reading. The components in the band can form a pulse oximetry arrangement.
Another future feature may contain the ability to decide whether a user is dehydrated.
The band may be able to collect user input via cranes, swipes, force touch or other gesture input.
Apple patent application was originally filed in Q2 2018 and published in Europe on November 22, 2018. Given that this is a patent application, the time of such a product to the market is unknown at the moment.
Apple has been working with smart Apple Watch bands for many years. Below are some of the other patent reports that support this ongoing project:
01: Apple wins a patent for a future FaceTime Calling Apple Watch System with multiple cameras to stabilize the video
02: Apple Patent Points for Face ID comes to Apple Watch with Band Sensors to Analyze Sports Performance and More
03: Apple Explorer Next Gen Apple Watch Smart Band for Sports Enthusiasts
04: Grand Apple Patent Covering a Smart Chameleonic Apple Watch Band with 3D Touch, Liquid Cooling and more
05: Apple Obtains an Apple Watch Band with Individual Smart Links to Add New Functionality