Patents show smart clothing could be a thing in Apple’s future
The first product? A patent for a glove.
In fact, Apple was recently granted several U.S. patents related to the concept of a “force-sensing glove” – sadly, though, not a Star Wars reference, as the glove seems to be more geared towards health monitoring.
Check out the Apple glove
The idea is to weave circuitry sensible to pressure and force into fabrics, with capabilities to then transmit data to an external device, like a smartphone, tablet, computer, or even a wearable device.
Clearly mentioned in the patent is the fact that a glove is just an example of a clothing item in which the technology could be applied – Apple mentions that any other similar item would be able to integrate with this kind of circuitry, as it would be placed in between the strands of fabric.
As it usually happens with patents, this one is really not specific at all in terms of the purpose of the technology, so we are left wondering about what the point of such a device is. Still, one section of Apple’s patent does refer that this force sensing technology could be used to measure vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and more.
With this in mind, and even though the specific applications are yet unknown, it is safe to assume that smart clothing will be a trend in the future.
Expect an increase in smart clothing options in the near future
If Apple’s interest in this field is not enough to convince you of this, then you should definitely check out the work of scientists at Britain’s Nottingham Trent University.
The team there is working to create garments with embedded solar cells, which actually make it possible to, for example, charge your smartphone.
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