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Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

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The mysterious wearable device that Apple is developing has been exposed, and the result turned out to be... A ring?!

But it's not just a ring "finger" - according to the news, this product can be worn on any part of the body.

With it, users can manipulate their phones with body movements and never have to worry about their fingers freezing off in winter.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

Recently, the U.S. patent administration announced a batch of new patent licenses, including Apple's mysterious "ring".

The patent, titled "Electronic System with Ring Device," was filed in March last year and has just been approved.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

So, what can be deciphered from this patent about this mysterious product?

Operate electronic devices with gestures

Externally, as shown in the opening diagram, the device is shaped like a ring with one or more buttons on the periphery.

Regarding the buttons, Apple has put two partial detail pictures, but no further explanations have been given.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

In terms of internal structure, it is composed of four parts: control circuit, input/output equipment (including IMU and other sensors), antenna, and power supply system.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

The antennas include coils, NFC modules, magnetic sensors, and wireless charging modules.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

As for usage, Apple does mention smart rings in the patent document, and has also used many examples of wearing them on the finger.

But Apple also emphasizes in the documentation that the ring is just one example of the many uses of this ring device.

In fact, Apple only "cares" about this shape — the ring can be worn on (any) part of the user's body, and no matter what part it is used on, it is under patent protection.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

However, according to Apple Insider, it is the industry's usual practice to write as broad and vague as possible about the content of patents within the scope of allowability.

It's worth noting that this "ring" doesn't include a screen, so it's more likely to be an aid to other devices such as mobile phones.

The ring device can detect and collect user input through a variety of sensors, such as gestures, finger movements, or other information based on the user's body position.

Specifically, these sensors can include at least the following:

Force sensors, such as strain gauges, capacitive force sensors, etc.;

sound sensors, such as microphones;

touch sensors and proximity sensors;

Optical sensors, such as infrared sensors, ambient light sensors, camera modules, etc.;

Human body and environmental information sensors, such as fingerprint modules, thermometers, barometers, etc.;

More sophisticated sensors, such as depth sensors, 3D sensors, etc., can be used for functions such as face recognition.

Wirelessly, the Ring sends this information to paired devices (e.g., phones, tablets, etc.), which can be controlled.

The NFC module in this ring also plays an important role: when the sensor detects a touch, the NFC reading function is awakened, and the information on the NFC tag, such as the product tag, is captured and sent to the user's device.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

In addition, wearables with NFC capabilities can also be used as an identity tag that can be used as a non-inductive credential for access control systems if it solves the problem of user authentication (i.e., verifying that it is being worn by the person).

One More Thing

Regarding smart wearable devices, in addition to this "ring", Apple has recently been granted many other related patents.

These patents cover both complete devices and upstream technologies such as sensors and detection methods.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

In the first half of this year, Michael Ershov, the first inventor of the "ring", also had a patent granted for a "watch with a wristband device".

Judging from the abstract, this patent emphasizes the role of "smart straps", where the strap and the watch body can cooperate with each other, but also have independent functions.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

However, some netizens said that the approval of the patent does not mean that the product will come out soon, and Apple's practice of "buying a ticket and not getting on the bus" will actually hinder the development of new technologies, and should try to prevent it, and then force manufacturers to come up with real products as soon as possible.

Apple's mysterious wearable device exposure: environmental information is easily perceived, and you can "remote" the phone with your fingers

So, are you looking forward to Apple's new device?

Reference Links:

https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/11/28/apples-smart-ring-technology-may-not-be-limited-to-fingers

Patent Documents:

https://image-ppubs.uspto.gov/dirsearch-public/print/downloadPdf/11829831

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