October 9, 2019
A new patent application from Apple hints at the company’s plans to move from gadgets into apparel.
The patent, which was originally filed in 2018 and made public on October 3, focuses on a stretchable band within a ‘ring-shaped strip of fabric.’
Components listed in the band include a blood pressure sensor, accelerometer configured to measure breathing, and an electrocardiogram sensor capable of recording electrical signals related to heart activity.
The band would be able to wirelessly communicate with an external computing device, similar to how the first generation Apple Watch communicated with the iPhone.
A simple drawing filed with the application shows a band that could potentially fit at the end of a sleeve or perhaps the top of a pair of socks.
Other potential use cases outlined in the patent include placing the band in hat, belt, waistband in a pair of shorts or pants, underwear, or headband.
Though its unclear when, if ever, the company would move toward selling clothing, other patent filings have hinted that the company is moving deeper into the wearables industry.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 3:58 am