A design that will enable a thinner product.
The information is extracted from a patent that Apple published this Thursday . Have a thinner watch in exchange for more expensive straps? That could be Apple’s investment that may not be to everyone’s liking.
The patent has been registered under the title: Mechanism for the strap with haptic response. That is, a device with the circuits and structures of haptic response placed in the strap. Being able to alert its owner of alerts and notifications, promising the same experience as if this response engine were in the watch’s chassis.
According to the patent the mentioned belt, incorporates a hardware that includes electromagnetic technology, piezoelectric technology and electroreactive polymers. This hardware allows the belt to move laterally or from side to side, depending on the device that contains it.
The movement can be very different depending on the components in charge of producing the vibrations. For example, haptic components can produce a wide range of sensations, from pressure to movement to vibration simulation. On the other hand, response generators can concatenate two or more vibrations.
The haptic strap would receive instructions from the watch via a wired connection. We have deduced this due to Apple’s creation of a diagnostic port capable of transferring information and power to the wereable .
Vibrations in the strap rather than in the device can make it easier for the wearer to know about the notifications coming from the watch. Because the watches are on a part of the body that is constantly moving, and sometimes lose certain haptic alerts.
This Apple patent opens the door to speculation on the next generation of Apple watches. Will they be thinner? Will we have to buy original straps to get vibration?