(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Apple has not acknowledged any of the rumors that it was building a smart watch, until now.
According to Mashable, the tech giant has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “wrist-worn electronic device” that is capable of connecting with other devices such iPhones, iPads, and computers.
The patent, which is referred to as “iTime” in one image, reveals features of the device such as a touchscreen, GPS modules, Bluetooth, accelerometer, NFC, and Wi-Fi radios.
The iWatch supports arm and wrist gestures with its sensor strap, allowing users to answer incoming calls by shaking their wrists or declining calls by taping or bouncing their wrist.
Apple describes its use of gestures with the following statement:
“Another aspect of embodiment of the invention pertains to use of gestures with one’s arm or wrist to provide a user input to an electronic wristband. For example, once a notification request is received at an electronic wristband, the electronic wristband can notify its user. The electronic wristband can also seek a response to the notification. In one embodiment, the electronic wristband can monitor one or more sensors to detect a user gesture with the user’s arm or wrist. For example, the sensors can include an accelerometer and/or gyroscope. Typically, the sensors are digital sensors. The gesture can correspond to specific movements of a user’s wrist or arm can vary with implementation. For example, the gesture might be a horizontal movement for one user input option (e.g., decline incoming call), and might be a vertical movement for another user input option (e.g., accept incoming call). For example, the gesture might be a single shake (or bounce, tap, etc.) of the user’s wrist for one user input option (e.g., accept incoming call), and might be a pair of shakes (or bounces, taps, etc.) for another user input option (e.g., decline incoming call).”
Apple filed its iWatch patent on Jan. 21, 2011.