Latest Apple Watch patent brings display to woven fabric bands

An Apple Watch patent has been published by the US Patent and Trademark office that features Apple Watch display incorporated into woven fabrics. The woven fabrics have multiple applications whereas the published Apple patent shows its use into Apple Watch band. With the help of a drawing the application of the patent shows the usability of the woven fabric bands.

As per the details, light transmitting fibers are also woven into the fabrics that make usual display possible. With multiple uses the fabric can work as a tether to connect devices to user. Also with the light transmitting capabilities the fabric may also work as data transmitter from devices to user.

A woven fabric includes light transmissive fibers woven into the fabric to provide a visual display. The fabric may be used as a tether to releasably connect a portable electronic device to a user. The light transmissive fibers may transmit light to convey information to the user.

As the application of the woven fabric is illustrated into the sketched diagram we can find something like a timekeeping device. The portable timekeeping device is used as a case to describe the applications of the fabrics. The case can also apply on several devices including digital wrist watches.

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Apple’s latest Apple Watch patent is about bringing the display to woven fabric watch bands

As the patent describes there are conventional fabrics woven together with fiber optic cables. Thus instead of lightening up the cable within, the function is done viva fiber optics. There are optical fibers that contain light within the core while the type used here is actually for light distribution which makes leakage of light through walls possible, thus lightening up the fibers.

Three ways are mentioned as the usage of the fibers including use of fiber to lighten up the entire fabric or a portion of fabric. The fibers help devices to display time and also work as message indicator. To confirm the security of its band using the fabrics, Apple is also reported to use colored lights. Another drawing sketch also shows the application of fabrics with laptops and smartphones. The concept shown in the Apple Watch patent seems impressive but not real yet and it is important to note that we also had a number of Apple patents that were never translated into reality.

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