Joshua Schnell, February 21, 2013
“What I really need right now is a bracelet made of nothing but display technologies,” said no one ever. Despite that, it seems that the crazy folks down at Apple are working on “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” that looks more like a slap-bracelet from the 90s than it does a future smart watch. A patent, filed by Apple back in 2011, shows off a device that has a continuous display around the entire body of the bracelet. Considering that iWatch rumors have hit fever pitch, and replaced the Apple Television rumors these days, it’s funny to see that the iWatch could be more iBracelet than watch.
From the patent filing:
A wearable video device arranged to be worn by an end-user, comprising: a flexible substrate having a flat state and a curled state; a flexible display disposed upon a first surface of the flexible substrate, wherein in the curled state the flexible substrate conforms to an appendage of the end-user, the flexible substrate further comprising: an electronic module in communication with the flexible display, the electronic module providing information to the display, at least a part of which is presented in real time for presentation by the flexible display; and a mechanism for detecting an end portion of the flexible display, the detection for adjusting the arrangement of information shown on the flexible display to match the size of the appendage the wearable video device is mounted on.
Google may be working on the next generation’s nerd-glasses, but it appears Apple’s hoping to redefine wearable accessories like we’ve never seen before, well, excluding sci-fi films. It’s really hard to see this thing as anything other than a heads-up display, or a quick notification and results displaying technology.
This is all rumor, speculation, and flat out hypothesizing. We aren’t exactly connected to anyone at Apple.Follow @macgasm