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Apple gets patent on iTime Smartwatch

Portable electronic devices are ubiquitous. These portable electronic devices include portable digital assistants, lap tops, tablets, smart phones, game players. These devices can be carried by a user with relative ease such as in a pocket of user's clothing, hand bags or backpack. As technology continues to develop, there are continuing needs to make portable electronic devices smaller and more portable. There is also a need to enhance the functionalities of these devices.

By MILTON BERTRAND

Portable electronic devices are ubiquitous. These portable electronic devices include portable digital assistants, lap tops, tablets, smart phones, game players. These devices can be carried by a user with relative ease such as in a pocket of user's clothing, hand bags or backpack.  As technology continues to develop, there are continuing needs to make portable electronic devices smaller and more portable. There is also a need to enhance the functionalities of these devices.  

A new patent has been issued to Apple for iTime Smartwatch. U.S. Patent 8,787,006, which was submitted in July 2011 but made public on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Here is a summary of the invention.

“The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch. According to one embodiment, an electronic wristband can provide additional electrical circuitry or devices that can be made available for use as or with an electronic device. In one embodiment, the electronic device can be a mobile electronic device that can be removably coupled to the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices. Advantageously, the electronic device can utilize the additional electrical circuitry or devices provided within the electronic wristband to augment the capabilities of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the electronic device can be integrally formed with the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices.

The invention may be implemented in numerous ways, including, but not limited to, a system, device, apparatus or method. Exemplary embodiments of the invention are discussed below.

As an electronic wristband to be worn on a wrist of a user, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least a central portion and at least one band portion. The central portion can have a receptacle area configured to receive a mobile electronic device. The mobile electronic device can include a display and be independently useable apart from the electronic watchband. The least one band portion can be coupled to central portion and suitable to assist with securing the electronic wristband to the wrist of the user. The at least one band portion can also include at least one electrical component provided internal to the at least one band portion and operatively connected to the mobile electronic device when provided in the receptacle area.

As an electronic wristband to be worn on a wrist of a user, another embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least a central portion and at least one band portion. The central portion can include a touch screen display, control circuitry and a battery. The touch screen display can be configured to present visual information to the user and to receive user input from the user. The control circuitry can be configured to control operation of the electronic watchband, and the battery can be configured to provide power to the electronic wristband. The at least one band portion can be coupled to the central portion and suitable to assist with securing the electronic wristband to the wrist of the user. The at least one band portion can include at least one electrical component provided internal to the at least one band portion and operatively connected to the control circuitry”.

Reference:

Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor. USPTO.org. Patent number 8,787,006