Apple patent application reveals slap bracelet ‘iWatch’ with flexible touchscreen display

“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.]


  1. ” … a wearable accessory device that can be easily worn on a user’s wrist or other body part,”

    The mind boggles about which other parts, especially with all these references to Dick Tracy.

    It reminds me of the old joke ….
    “Can I use your dictaphone ?”
    “No- dial with your finger like everybody else.”

    I’m looking forward to the variations of this joke that might appear if an iWatch is launched.

    For those familiar with English slang, the expression “Have you got the time on ya cock ?” could invite some unexpected responses.

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