“A patent application discovered by AppleInsider on Thursday reveals Apple is indeed investigating a wearable accessory device that not only boasts a full-length flexible touchscreen display, but conforms to a user’s body through the use of a ‘slap bracelet’ mechanism,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“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,” Campbell reports. “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.”

USPTO: Apple patent application slap-bracelet "iWatch"

Campbell reports, “According to the filing, in its most simplest form, the proposed invention involves embedding a flexible display, along with the necessary electronic components, into a conventional slap bracelet.”

More info and more of Apple’s patent application illustrations in the full article here.

Jack Purcher reports for Ppatently Apple, “Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch”

“That’s the key, as the bracelet goes far beyond being a wristwatch,” Purcher reports. “Apple states that with a multitouch display, the user ‘can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, or reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.'”

USPTO: Apple patent application slap-bracelet "iWatch"

Purcher reports, “Apple’s contemplates utilizing a solar panel beneath the display as well as take advantage of kinetic energy.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jax44″ for the heads up.]