Apple Considering Stuffing Watch Bands With NFC, Bluetooth, Other Connectivity #WearableWednesday
What do you do when you can’t cram any more tech into your watch? You move onto the band. New patents filed by Apple show some potential updates. Gizmodo goes over some of the details:
As described by the patent, Apple watch bands could become their own pieces of proprietary tech, or otherwise modify the wearable for specific purposes. What purposes? Perhaps a band designed to be used underwater could help the watch detect certain brightness settings or launch specific apps. A specific fitness-minded band could provide some extra information to the watch during a workout.
Though the patent mentions that new or existing watch sensors could detect what kind of band is in use—possibly through a QR code, for example—the bands themselves could include some detection element, whether that’s NFC, Bluetooth, magnetic or RFID. However, the device could even use physical connections from the band to the watch face to get information from the band.
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