Apple patent shows how Apple Watch could detect gestures from your hand
What you need to know
- A new Apple Watch patent has revealed how Watch could one day detect gestures your hand is making.
- It would use sensors to measure changes characteristic of different gestures.
- It could have accessibility uses for people who struggle with verbal commands or performing touch gestures.
An Apple Watch patent published today has revealed how sensors in your Apple Watch could one day detect gestures you're making with your hand, potentially improving usability for those with accessibility needs.
The patent is titled 'motion and gesture input from a Wearable device' and its abstract states:
The patent mostly relates, but is not limited to, Apple Watch:
The Watch would have multiple photodiodes that can sense light, penetrating to different depths of tissue to measure the movement of your arm. It's much the same technology Apple uses to measure heart rate on your wrist, but rather than detecting heart rate BPM, it could measure how your hand is moving:
What possible use could this have? Well, it seems the patent is primarily aimed at accessibility:
This patent might prove useful by providing those with accessibility needs a new way to input information into a phone or tablet, simply by making gestures with their hands. Of course, this is just a patent so there's no guarantee it will ever become a reality. However, it seems like Apple has all of the tech in place to make this happen.
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