Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling
First dibs on calling integrated camera the iOfSauron
The iRing does for the Apple Watch what the Apple Watch does for the iPhone. The next step must be smart earrings, which were a 2000 vision from Orange.
The illustration from the patent looks like something from the Godfather films
According to the filing, the Apple iRing is:
A wearable ring device comprising: an annular member defining an aperture therethrough that is sized for receipt therein of a first finger of a user; a computer processor housed in the annular member; a touchscreen electrically connected to the computer processor and disposed at least partially at an outer peripheral surface of the annular member, wherein the touchscreen is configured to receive input from a second finger of the user; a wireless transceiver electrically connected to the computer processor and configured to communicate with at least one external electronic device; and a rechargeable power source for supplying power to the touchscreen, wireless transceiver, and computer processor.
What this means is that it’s got touch-sensitive surfaces, motion trackers for gesture recognition, a microphone and a camera. Suggested uses are as a mouse replacement for a tablet and control of a television. It might also have a biometric sensor – and a lot can be done with a standard camera module – and NFC.
As ever with patents, the text is phrased in the broadest possible terms, suggesting features such as voice commands, wireless charging (perhaps charging from a steering wheel) and handwriting recognition.
The patent application has very little detail on the technologies which might be employed to make it work, reading instead like a laundry list of things which might be incorporated so that Cupertino can cover as many bases as possible. ®