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Apple wins patent for a second smartwatch, the ‘iTime’

The Patent Office has just granted Apple a patent for another smartwatch. In the patent application, Apple refers to the device as the “iTime.”

The watch looks more like a standard wristwatch than the much-hyped “iWatch.” But in this watch, the whole center section can be removed, and can operate independent of the band. That central unit can store and play back media, and is controlled by a touchscreen on the front.

The iTime responds to gestures, and does push notifications, according to the patent.

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Here’s how Apple describes the device in the application:

“An electronic wristband to be worn on a wrist of a user, the electronic wristband comprising: a central portion having a receptacle area configured to receive and electrically connect to a mobile electronic device, the mobile electronic device including a display and being independently useable apart from the electronic wristband to perform a first set of functions.”

“Apple says at least part of the wristband will contain a wireless communication transceiver, and when it’s connected to the main device, the device can perform a “second set of functions” that includes sending user input to a “second electronic device.”

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The watch’s band is divided into at least two sections, according to the patent, and each section contains a wireless antenna.

Part of the watch’s band also includes “at least one of an accelerometer, an antenna, a GPS receiver, or a haptic device.” That haptic device is situated against the skin on the underside of the band, and gives the user a buzz for notifications, as when messages or reminders come in.

The accelerometer and gyroscope are included to detect the user’s arm motions and gestures, the patent says.

 

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The application points out that the iTime will connect with an iPhone and display information about incoming calls. The user can then use the watch to accept or reject calls.

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Apple employees Albert Golko, Mathias Schmidt and Felix Alvarez are listed as the inventors on the patent. The patent was originally filed in July 2011.

 

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11 comments
Mike Soertsz
Mike Soertsz

Not a good name, but then again iPad was ridiculed at the outset but the jokes subsided when people saw how good the device actually was. Hoping the same happens in the smartwatch market. I for one doubt I'll get one unless it has really seamless messaging with a practical typing keyboard. Definitely HAS to have fitness tracking stuff too.

Samuel Kwek
Samuel Kwek

Stewart Huang, it cant be that ugly. Just a decoy

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

How many are buying the android watches?

Valerio Capello
Valerio Capello

No, but we'll get used to it, and people will mostly buy the Android counterpart anyway.