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‘iWatch’ spotted in Apple patent filing – sports ‘slap bracelet’ and ‘flexible display’

Apple Insider spotted an Apple patent filing, describing the rumoured ‘iWatch’. It is described sporting a ‘slap bracelet’ and a ‘flexible display’.Apple-iWatch

The patent filing describes the iWatch sporting a slap bracelet. It reads, “Bi-stable springs have two equilibrium positions. This allows a device with a bi-stable spring to assume two distinct configurations. The most recent widespread use of such a device was the slap bracelet, also called the slap wrap. The slap bracelet consists of layered flexible steel bands sealed within a fabric cover. Typical slap bracelets are roughly one inch in width by nine inches in length. In a first equilibrium position they can be flat. 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 slap bracelet has been used primarily as a decorative bracelet; however, other uses have included for example keeping a pant leg away from a bike chain, or even using a slap bracelet covered with reflective tape for providing increased visibility for pedestrians and bikers at night. Perhaps most usefully it is quite easy to wrap around a wrist or leg, and stays conveniently in place.”

About its flexible display, it reads, “With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.”

The iWatch is expected to be an accessory to iOS-powered devices like the iPhone.

In another report, Samsung is rumoured to be cooking up a similar watch-like device for the Galaxy S4.

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