Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent revolves around a device that is to be worn on the wrist. It contains sensors and wireless radios that will allow users to communicate with other Apple gadgets such as the Mac and iPhone. It’s quite a detailed document that revolves around what may actually be the Apple iWatch.
The device in the patent documents actually refer to a device called the iTime. Can this be the official name of the Apple iWatch? It might just be as the patent features a wrist worn, sensor filled strap and removable modules. These modules are equipped to add on features such as media player, GPS and WiFi radio. These modules that can be snapped onto the smartwatch and increases the functionality of the device. The gadget looks similar to the sixth generation iPod Nano which can be converted into a wristband media player.
The document describes the device as per below:
The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch. According to one embodiment, an electronic wristband can provide additional electrical circuitry or devices that can be made available for use as or with an electronic device. In one embodiment, the electronic device can be a mobile electronic device that can be removably coupled to the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices. Advantageously, the electronic device can utilize the additional electrical circuitry or devices provided within the electronic wristband to augment the capabilities of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the electronic device can be integrally formed with the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices.
In the patent document, there is also a description of how the gadget will connect to a mobile device and display incoming calls, text messages and so on on the display screen of the smartwatch. The gadget will also alert users who are out of range when it is at risk of being stolen. Lastly, there are provisions for movement based controls on the device.
By the looks of it, the iTime might as well be the iWatch. The Apple iWatch is set to debut later in the year. Equipped with heart rate monitors and other health sensors, Apple is looking to make it compatible and complement the HealthKit initiative it has already launched.