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Apple Patent Talks Slap Wrap Bracelets with Flexible Screens

By - Source: AppleInsider | B 20 comments

A Slap Wrap for the new millennium?

The last few weeks have seen an influx of rumors relating to Apple's supposed plans for a smartwatch. Whether planted or not, now a patent has emerged that directly points to such a device.

First discovered by AppleInsider, the patent was filed way back in August of 2011, and details a wearable accessory that can be worn on the wrist or elsewhere on the body. The patent even highlights the flexible display that has cropped up in recent rumors.

"The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring," the patent abstract reads. "Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations."

 

The patent goes on to describe a device that features a flexible substrate that can conform to the end-users body and is capable of displaying information in real time. The description mentions Slap Wrap bracelets as the most recent widespread use of bi-stable spring. This mechanism would allow the iWatch (or whatever Apple is developing) to hold two distinct configurations. One of the illustrations included in the patent application shows the device's display wrapping completely around the wrist to create an uninterrupted screen.

Rumors about Apple's wearable watch have been ramping up as of late, and more recent reports suggest that this is no coincidence. Forbes this week called Apple out, claiming that the fruity iPhone maker is deliberately planting iWatch leaks now that photos of Samsung's own "smartwatch" have begun to surface. The fact that sources spoke directly with three major news organizations seemingly back-to-back, and not with the typical Asian news sources, paints a big bulls-eye on Apple's PR department. Then again, Samsung isn't the first company to produce a smartwatch. There were a few at CES 2013 last month and at CES 2009, LG showed off its own Dick Tracy-esque creation.

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    guru_urug , February 21, 2013 1:51 PM
    Where u gonna get your flexible displays from Apple, Samsung ???? LOL !
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    guru_urug , February 21, 2013 1:51 PM
    Where u gonna get your flexible displays from Apple, Samsung ???? LOL !
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    house70 , February 21, 2013 2:42 PM
    guru_urugWhere u gonna get your flexible displays from Apple, Samsung ???? LOL !


    Likely so. Samsung has actually produced prototypes of flexible displays, and they will be protective of their research. There will be quite a few related licenses that will have to be purchased by Apple from Samsung if they want to do this watch.
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    Antimatter79 , February 21, 2013 2:45 PM
    Maybe the bracelet will come with a free pair of fat neon shoe strings for the boys, three pairs of neon scrunchy socks for the girls. For an extra $10, a pair of parachute pants.
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    headscratcher , February 21, 2013 2:55 PM
    I am hard at work patenting the suppository with a flexible screen so the can see what's up on their iphone while keeping their head up their ass.
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    ivyanev , February 21, 2013 3:19 PM
    I have seen ideas for such tech since last century. I guess that doesn't mean s** to patent office.
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    Pherule , February 21, 2013 3:38 PM
    I see where this is going.

    Typewriter -> Computer -> Laptop -> Smartphone -> Smartwatch -> Chip Implant

    I'll go as far as Smartwatch (as long as it's not Apple) and no further.
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    p05esto , February 21, 2013 3:41 PM
    Kiss my ass Apple. DIE already.
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    dauntekong , February 21, 2013 4:19 PM
    Already been done by ASUS
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    thefiend1 , February 21, 2013 4:21 PM
    Looks like Apple is going to be the main supplier for prizes you get when you turn in your tickets from the local Chucky Cheeses ;) 
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    NightLight , February 21, 2013 4:33 PM
    i bet apple is gonna get the patent for this!
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    gm0n3y , February 21, 2013 4:36 PM
    PheruleI see where this is going.Typewriter -> Computer -> Laptop -> Smartphone -> Smartwatch -> Chip ImplantI'll go as far as Smartwatch (as long as it's not Apple) and no further.

    I personally think that Smart Glasses (Google Glasses) needs to fit in there somewhere.
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    anfunny , February 21, 2013 5:20 PM
    gm0n3yI personally think that Smart Glasses (Google Glasses) needs to fit in there somewhere.


    I think the glasses and the watches will have amazing connectivity and not be separate entities. I don't know about other people that wear normal glasses, but I hate having something too heavy on my face (I get the most expensive lenses for that reason alone). The watch would be a good place to put the hardware for the device and a great input device for it as well even while still being on the wrist.
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    blakbird24 , February 21, 2013 6:03 PM
    A SLAP BRACELET?! This has got to be a joke.

    ...and Apple fans wonder why us investors are wary about the company. First there was the shoe patent, now SLAP BRACELETS?! What's next, color changing markers that run iOS? Digital Puffy Paint?
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    robochump , February 21, 2013 7:04 PM
    guru_urugWhere u gonna get your flexible displays from Apple, Samsung ???? LOL !

    Samsung advertises flex screens in the media but is not only display company that can make them ;)  I fully expect Samsung to be first to market with next gen smart watch in efforts to step on Apple so I doubt Apple will work with Samsung. But is a possibility since Samsung is kick ass when it comes to manufacturing.
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    ZEPd3Z , February 21, 2013 8:29 PM
    Didn't Nokia have a concept like this years ago???
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3dF44XtHek
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 8:41 PM
    apple has to disappear
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    Anonymous , February 21, 2013 10:03 PM
    Samsung and LG are in court at the moment battling about claims LG poached Samsung Engineers and stole designs, so yes - you're quite correct there are other display manufacturers. Check OLED Flexible displays then!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciI5RkJLhhA
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    Amen2That , February 21, 2013 11:08 PM
    I had a similar idea, inspired by science fiction, when I saw the first bendable displays. The main difference is that my own idea adds rails, running along the 2 sides composed of a meta material that stiffens when current is passed through it to act as a frame, so it can also be used as a tablet.
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    eijiyuki , February 21, 2013 11:49 PM
    I should start coming up with random ideas and make power point slides of these ideas and then go patent them and then also trade mark every known word in the dictionary after the letter "i"
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    eijiyuki , February 21, 2013 11:52 PM
    oh and to add .. while not even bothering with prototyping any of these ideas or workin on them because when some other company comes out with the actual device I'd just sue them