Apple wins patent for smartwatch with camera
Apple received a patent from the Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month that describes a smartwatch with a camera.
While the camera is located on the bottom surface of the device, the top of the wristband and watch are detachable.
Users can remove the assembly, point and shoot, and then clip it back to the wristband.
“The camera includes an image sensor that is located behind the bottom cover of the housing relative to the camera’s field of view and the scene to be captured.” The camera has a FOV Point out the bottom of the case to take a photo of the scene when the case is removed from the wrist,” the patent says.
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In an example, the bottom cover is disposed between the image sensor and the scene observed by the image sensor and camera.
The patent states that “integration of the camera or sensor in any other suitable location is conceivable, such as in or on the crown, button, top surface of the case, side wall, etc.”
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Additionally, the patent says that removing the case from the wrist could be “beneficial” for any of a variety of other functions, such as physiological sensing or telephony on body parts other than the wrist.
This isn’t the first Apple patent to detail such a design, previous patent The report, filed in 2019, said a camera was integrated into the Digital Crown.
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According to Patently Apple, the tech giant was awarded nearly 40 more patents last week.