Apple applies for "smart necklace, keychain" related patents

Apple's current "wearable device" product line mainly includes Apple Watch smart watches and AirPods headsets. Apple may seek to further expand product types in the future, covering keychains, smart door locks, bracelets and necklaces.

There have been rumors for a long time that Apple is studying smart rings. The newly disclosed patent shows that Apple is likely to involve more wearable devices.

The patent is titled " Wearable Ring with Embedded Circuits " and mainly describes "electronic devices with circuit wiring and housing units." There are many possible applications of this patent, which can be used in a variety of wearable devices and even implement electronic products the size of a keychain.

The patent description states: “Such electronic equipment can be worn on the user’s body or attached to other objects. The equipment can take the shape of a ring, ribbon, or string to be wound, tied, suspended, or otherwise Way to attach to people, animals or other objects."

The patent also states: " Such electronic devices can be worn on the user's wrist or neck to collect information about the connected person or object ." According to Apple, this may include "location information, activity information, identity information, medical or Biometric information" and so on. In addition, this device "can be used to provide output (touch output, audio output, and visual output) to the user."

The device can also "save identification information about individuals or objects", or "save user messages", "can be used as anchor points or visual markers in augmented reality or virtual reality systems."

The volume of such a device itself may be small. Apple's patents are more about how the device is worn and connected. For example, the patent mentions "how to introduce a magnetic structure, a magnetic connector that is folded and unfolded in an appropriate electromagnetic field" .

In the nearly 15,000-word patent description, Apple listed multiple possible uses. This patent is not only applicable to passive devices or single-function devices, but can also be used in scenes similar to Apple AR to help users interact with augmented reality objects.

The patent shows: " Users can make air gestures, such as waving their left hand, to move the visual content to the left . Users can also tap this element to perform selected operations."

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