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Apple reveals brilliant Apple Watch upgrade in new patent

A new patent shows that Apple is working on a new way to make buying an Apple Watch or Apple Watch band easier.

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You’ll know that while some Apple Watch bands and bracelets can be purchased with confidence (the Sport Band or Sport Loop are easy to choose, for example), others require precision choices to be sure you have the right one. . In particular, groups like the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop are so perfectly sized that they’re unforgiving if you make a mistake.

Likewise, choosing the watch that will best suit your wrist could use a bit of improvement.

A newly revealed patent spotted by Apple obviously, shows a new way to make sure you’ve measured your wrist to ensure a perfect fit. There are actually two patents, and one of them uses augmented reality (AR) to work.

Right now, there are some clever ways to choose the right band size. If you buy online, Apple has a measurement tool that you can print out. Cut out the paper marker and wrap it around your wrist, and where the two ends of the paper meet indicates the size you need.

Or, if you’re at an Apple Store, there’s a sleek band with a weighted end that makes it easy to tell what size you are.

But the patent takes this process to a new level.

Apple, as you know, is into augmented reality (AR). And one of its applications of this technology is Measure, on iPhone and iPad. So this new patent describes how a similar approach is taken with customers’ wrists. Indeed, the application is mentioned in this patent.

The aptly named abstract says: “A computer system displays, in a user interface, an initial representation of a body part that is within a field of view of one or more cameras. The computer system detects, using the one or more cameras, the movement of the body part. The first displayed representation of the body part is updated in accordance with the movement of the body part. The computer system, while displaying the first representation of the body part, displays an indicator at a fixed location relative to the first representation of the body part. The indicator is displayed at a first position in the user interface that overlies at least a portion of the representation of the body part, the indicator is updated in accordance with movement of the body part, and the indicator includes an indication of a suggested direction of movement of the body part.

I know, I know, I’ll spare you more of that, but you get the idea. The patent claims that other methods of measuring a wrist are cumbersome and inefficient, but the system described here allows the user to measure their wrist by holding it in front of an iPhone and moving it on command.

The result is that the app will be able to tell the user what stripe size they need, marking it as their “current stripe size”. It’s useful, but even better, it provides a QR code you can scan so it doesn’t matter if you forget.

I like this. I constantly forget how big I get in Solo Loop, for example, my favorite Apple Watch band. Just checked and am a size 8. Size 8. I’m writing this here in hopes it helps me remember next time. But when the patent application is published, I can use it instead.

Could this cute new system be available in time for Apple Watch Series 8 next month? As with other patents, there is no indication when or even if it will be made public. So let’s hope.

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