Will an Apple iWatch Resemble Classic Slap Bracelet?
For Apple, it looks like something old may be new again.
The company recently filed a new patent application for its potential iWatch accessory – a "smartwatch" that fits comfortably on the wrist. And the description for it sounds quite similar to an item that was popular back in the late 80's and early 90's. Anyone remember the slap bracelet?
For those who don't, the slap bracelet was a fashion accessory that people would flick over their wrist with a simple throw, and utilizing a built-in bi-stable spring, it reacted to the force and wrapped around the subject's wrist. According to the listing, Apple is looking into something quite similar.
The patent, filed through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, indicates that the "wearable accessory device" would include a "flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring" – just like a slap bracelet. It also states that "it is quite easy to wrap around a wrist or a leg, and stays conveniently in one place."
Tech news site Mashable showed a picture of the potential design of the iWatch earlier this week, a clear model with a digital screen and a home button built into its body. There's no official word on whether this is final – or if Apple plans to give it some connectivity to smart phones or the Internet. Or if Apple will build it at all. (The company has filed lots of patents for devices is hasn't built.)
Samsung is also rumored to be working on a smartphone-oriented watch, though it has not revealed any plans on its design. [See also: Google Glass on Sale in March for $1,500]
Now that the slap bracelet is coming back, can someone get to work on a tablet that resembles a Trapper Keeper?