Apple is a regular when it comes to filing patents pertaining to new features and technology. This time around the Cupertino company is granted a patent that shows off three possible new feature for Apple Watch band. As always, the features are innovative and something that we would love to see on a future Apple Watch.
Biometric authentication sensor
Thanks to Apple, technologies like fingerprint sensor and facial recognition went mainstream. The patent details an authentication sensor which uses textures on your wrist. In other words, it works like FaceID but for your wrist. Apple will make use of a biometric wrist sensor located on the inside of smartwatch. The sensor will read skin texture patterns with the help of an IR thermal image sensor. Furthermore, the sensor is capable of reading skin texture even through hair.
Apple Watch Band with indicators
The patent details a smart band or sports band that uses backlit indicators and icons to show the activity in progress. Moreover, the indicators can also be used for indicating other information like heart rate monitoring or the progress. In our opinion, it looks like a simple way to compensate for lack of always-on display in Apple Watch.
Needless to say, the indicators can be mapped to any features or progress. For instance, let us presume you set a daily goal of 10,000 steps, in this case, the progress is displayed via backlit led’s on the watchband. That apart, the feature can also be used to indicate those around you about a sudden health condition. According to the patent the indicator can be viewed from top or side.
Apple Watch Band that Tightens itself
We have already seen self-lacing shoes from Nike. Apple’s patent details a watch band that makes use of a dynamic fit adjustment system. When users are working out or involved in other activities the band will tighten its grip. This will help the watch measure heart rate accurately without hampering blood circulation to your wrists.
[via Patently Apple]