AppleInsider has discovered what can only be described as disturbing new information regarding Apple’s design for the rumored iOS watch. Apparently, the iPad maker has submitted a patent for a wearable computer that conforms to the user’s body like a slap bracelet.
The patent, titled “Bi-Stable Spring With Flexible Display,” describes a wearable accessory device that includes a flexible display linked to a “bi-stable” spring that allows the device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations.
The device is not an iPhone or iPod, but a compatible unit that, when connected to an iOS device through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, shows certain information in real time on a flexible display.
From the patent summary:
The most recent widespread use of such a device was the slap bracelet, also called the slap wrap. The slap bracelet consists of layered flexible steel bands sealed within a fabric cover. Typical slap bracelets are roughly one inch in width by nine inches in length. In a first equilibrium position they can be flat. The second equilibrium is typically reached by slapping the flat embodiment across the wrist, at which point the bracelet curls around the wrist and stays relatively secure in a roughly circular position.
The device would be a flexible display with bi-stable springs made from thin steel that would be wrapped in a fabric covering. The display would be overlaid with an adhesive on one side and the logic board, battery, and other parts mounted to the other side.
Hopefully, Apple is just applying for patents on whatever design they can think of and this is not a glimpse into the future of the “iWatch.” I highly doubt most people would be willing to go back to wearing slap bracelets, not matter what function they would serve as wearable technology. No matter what the patent is intended to be used for, it is certain that rumors of Apple working on a watch can officially be considered confirmed with this patent discovery.