Apple patent application reveals work on wrist pedometers, points to future wearable device

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering a smart wrist-mounted pedometer that can automatically determine its location on a user’s body and compensate for missed steps using advanced processing algorithms,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple’s ‘Wrist pedometer step detection’ is yet another direct indication that the company is at least considering wrist-worn health devices, something that has been rumored for months as the burgeoning wearables market gathers steam,” Campbell reports. “Apple’s proposed implementation looks to intelligently parse generated raw data, translating it into an accurate representation of steps taken and distance traveled. More importantly, the system frees the user to wear the pedometer device anywhere on their body.”

“One of the more interesting features of Apple’s design is automatic wrist classification,” Campbell reports. “In this embodiment, the device uses fast Fourier transform (FFT) frequency interpretation to automatically detect when it is being worn on a user’s wrist. The same method can be used to interpret when a user begins to run.”

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

MacDailyNews Take: With mounting anticipation we wait for the world’s first real smartwatch.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

1 Comment

  1. Body computing is such a new paradigm, I expect Apple is writing an entirely new operating system for what will become a whole family of devices. Not a small job, but essential to get right. What if there’s a W-series of chips debuted with this? New custom silicon. New os. New kind of device. That’s boom. It’s what I’m coming to expect.

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