It’s been rumored for some time now that Apple is planning to release a flexible touch-screen device you can slap on your wrist. On Thursday, a published Apple patent application suggests that iWatch is really in the works.
So, Google has the Google Glasses gadget that keeps you connected to the Internet at all times. A recent rumor says that the glasses will be released later this year for a price that’s close to $1500. Apple can’t miss the opportunity of branding wearable gadgets with their logo and tech. After all the rumoring, an Apple patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2011, but published yesterday, confirms Apple has been working on an iWatch for at least two years.
According to the patent application which is called “Bi-Stable Spring With Flexible Display”, the device describe in it features a flexible touch-screen that can display information, works in any location and it is wearable, around the wrist that is. Although the patent doesn’t exactly use the term smartwatch, the features described are saying otherwise.
“With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls,” the patent reads. “A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display”.
“Active communication between an accessory and a portable electronic device can be accomplished wirelessly” reads the patent application. “A wireless data connection such as the 5 GHz 802.11n protocol can provide sufficient data transmission bandwidth to transmit a high quality video stream”.
Plus, the Apple patent application for iWatch says that the gadget might also use Bluetooth to deliver real-time information, and will also use an on-board gyroscope or accelerometer to display information the right way, regardless of the position the device is being worn. The iWatch is going to feature a solar panel over its surface that “can lengthen the amount of time the accessory device could be operated between recharging”.