Apple Working on “iRing” with Voice Control, Cameras and Display?
Apple may be working on a ring-style wearable product that is apparently stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display.
According to report from Apple Insider, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application, titled “Devices and methods for a ring computing device.” The application describes an advanced finger-mounted device that uses voice, motion and touch input to control several products, like an iPhone or the Apple TV’s onscreen UI.
Apple details in the filing that the wearable is powered by an onboard processor and sports various input and output components, such as touch pads or touch screens measuring between 1 to 5 cm on the diagonal.
While the wearer could conceivably operate the device with a thumb, the document reveals that the company has also incorporated a mechanism akin to Apple Watch’s Digital Crown that would make things further easy.
Like the Apple Watch and iPhone 6s, the so called “iRing” features the haptic feedback technology in its Taptic Engine, capable of responding to user input via audio cues and controlled vibratory pulses. It would also support the pressure-sensitive input to some degree.
As per the filing, Apple could use a variety of materials to construct the chassis, ranging from precious metals like gold or platinum to stretchable material like silicone.
However, you should not get your hopes too high, as it’s just a patent application as of now and might never actually see the light of day.