Breakthrough Apple Watch gesture control looks like a game-changer

“Building on a related Apple Watch patent application filed for on Thursday, Apple published an invention covering a unique wristband mechanism capable of detected wrist gestures and translating them into system commands,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s patent application for ‘Wristband device input using wrist movement’ details a method by which wrist articulations are detected and interpreted to control a wrist-worn device or a separate host device,” Campbell reports. “In some embodiments, the invention calls for a wristband that incorporates one or more sensors capable of detecting changes in the position of a user’s wrist. For example, force sensors might be deployed to perceive deformation of the wristband created by forces or pressure applied as a user moves their wrist or hand.”

Apple's patent application for "Wristband device input using wrist movement"
Apple patent application illustration for “Wristband device input using wrist movement”

Campbell reports, “In practice, the wristband measures specific levels of flexion and extension that denote a user is articulating their hand to make a ‘telephone’ gesture, or a hand signal with thumb and pinky finger extended. If so programmed, this particular gesture could trigger a command to answer a phone call or open a phone app on a host device.”

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