“It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an ‘iRing’ wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“The fairly comprehensive patent application, titled ‘Devices and methods for a ring computing device’ and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes an advanced ring-style wearable that uses voice, motion and touch input to control and interact with larger computing devices,” Campbell reports. “In many ways, the claims read like an overview of Apple Watch, but distilled into a much smaller form factor.”
“While there are disparities between Apple’s ring computer and production hardware — front- and user-facing cameras among the most audacious — the document outlines a number of capabilities currently being marketed as tentpole Apple Watch features like heart rate monitoring and inductive charging,” Campbell reports. “Interestingly, a good number of technological advances described in today’s published paper were introduced with Watch, including Force Touch and the Taptic Engine, suggesting Apple was mulling an alternate design for its first foray into wearables. ”
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