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Future bands for the Apple Watch might adjust themselves

by Justin Herrick | October 10, 2017October 10, 2017 9:00 am PST

Apple would like to develop self-adjusting bands for its smartwatch.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to Apple for bands that, when paired with the Apple Watch, can automatically fit a specific person’s wrist. The application for the patent was filed in 2015 but wasn’t granted until now. It’s known under the title “Dynamic Adjustment for Wearable Electronic Devices.” And, throughout the patent’s application, Apple describes how the self-adjusting bands would work.

Bands could resize for a better fit by analyzing your wrist or by manual control from the smartwatch. In its application, Apple explains the different ways to achieve this. The company could use shape memory wire, mechanical lugs, a bladder-style system for adjusting pressure, or an extendable casing.

As Apple just received the patent, it’s basically impossible self-adjusting bands for the Apple Watch will debut in 2018. The implementation seems quite complex; therefore, Apple is going to undergo significant research and development until it feels something is absolutely ready. There’s also a chance Apple makes little progress and scraps the idea. That’s why we’re going to have to wait and see in the coming years what Apple does with the patent.

If it works out, the Apple Watch’s bands could start adjusting automatically in 2019 or beyond.

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Justin Herrick

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