Let’s get this out of the way first: just because a company owns a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that a product based on that patent is in the works. It does, however, mean that a company has at least thought about the technology that was patented. That’s why Apple’s “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” patent application is intriguing.
It basically describes a band that can be worn around the wrist with a full display on it. Obviously the first thought to enter our minds is whether or not this is what Apple’s alleged iWatch will look or function like. The company is focused around the slap-bracelets that we all wore in the late 80s and early 90s, and appears to be interested in that as a mechanism for applying the watch to a wrist.
“Typical slap bracelets are roughly one inch in width by nine inches in length. In a first equilibrium position they can be flat,” the company described in the patent application, found by AppleInsider. “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 bracelet, or iWatch, will have built-in sensors that would likely help it compete with devices such as Nike’s FuelBand, including a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Those could be used to track movements. Apple also describes the ability to manage music playlists, view text messages and even work with a simple virtual keyboard. We imagine with the introduction of Siri, however, that a keyboard would no longer be needed.