New Apple Patent Application Reveals ‘iWatch’ with Wraparound Touch-Sensitive Display
Posted on February 22, 2013 by eli courey
A patent application discovered by AppleInsider describes a “bracelet” accessory with a wraparound design where the screen would cover the entire outer surface. The word “watch” isn’t used in the patent application, but the “wearable video device” described could clearly be used as an advanced wristwatch that communicates with your iPhone.
Apple first filed its application for a “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August of 2011, describing a wearable accessory device that can be easily worn on a user’s wrist or other body part. When active, the unit connects to a portable device via various communications protocols like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to show relevant information in real time on a flexible display that can wrap fully around a user’s wrist. While the device itself can conform to nearly any appendage, a suitable location would be a user’s wrist.