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Apple Patents Bluetooth-based Wireless Hotspot Tech

by Brandon Russell | November 7, 2013November 7, 2013 11:00 am PDT

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An Apple patent revealed on Thursday outlines a new method in which to connect devices through low-power Bluetooth communications. The patent specifically mentions devices that may not come equipped with a built-in radio transceiver (think wearable technology, like a possible iWatch), which would then connect to a device that does possess the necessary radios. The two would then communicate through pairing, much like devices are capable of doing now using Bluetooth technology, the difference being the connection would be severed after pertinent information is shared, allowing the two devices return to a low-power state, thus saving battery.

As AppleInsider points out, the Bluetooth-based wireless tech would be ideal for something like an iWatch, though the patent doesn’t specifically mention such wearable technology. “Apple intends for the hotspot pairing to be brief, leaving enough time to obtain push notifications, messages, emails, news and other Web-based assets,” AppleInsider wrote. “The wearable device may rely on another iDevice for heavy computation and other power-hungry operations via Bluetooth, making it somewhat of a “headless” product.”

There’s no indication of what Apple has planned for the technology, or even if we’ll see it implemented in any future products. Devices today are already capable of connecting through existing Bluetooth tech, but Apple’s patents describes a method that would only use a connection when sending data between devices is necessary, allowing both to return to a low-power sleep mode. If the iWatch is a prime candidate for such a feature, it would certainly address battery issues, which is a large concern for wearable technology.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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