Four of Apple's Patent Applications published today Cover iDevice User Interfaces for Health Monitoring, ECG & more
During Apple's iPhone / Apple Watch event on Tuesday they announced three groundbreaking health studies being conducted in collaboration with leading medical institutions examining hearing, women's health, Mobility and Heart Health as follows:
Apple Women’s Health Study: In partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Apple has created the first long-term study of this scale focused on menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions. This study will inform screening and risk assessment of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis, pregnancy and menopausal transition.
Apple Hearing Study: Alongside the University of Michigan, Apple is examining factors that impact hearing health. The Apple Hearing Health Study is the first of its kind to collect data over time in order to understand how everyday sound exposure can impact hearing. The study data will also be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative.
Apple Heart and Movement Study: Apple is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association on a comprehensive study of how heart rate and mobility signals — like walking pace and flights of stairs climbed — relate to hospitalizations, falls, heart health and quality of life in order to promote healthy movement and improved cardiovascular health.
You could learn more about this here. In addition, Apple posted a new video on Tuesday about how the Apple Watch alerted users of possible heart problems that reportedly saved lives.
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple with the same title of "User Interfaces for Health Monitoring."
The invention, covered in four patents, describes health monitoring by using electronic devices. Apple notes that "some existing techniques use a complex and time-consuming user interface, which may include multiple key presses or keystrokes. Existing techniques require more time than necessary, wasting user time and device energy. This latter consideration is particularly important in battery-operated devices."
Apple's techniques provide electronic devices with faster, more efficient methods and interfaces for managing health monitoring. Such methods and interfaces optionally complement or replace other methods for managing health monitoring. Such methods and interfaces reduce the cognitive burden on a user and produce a more efficient human-machine interface.
For battery-operated computing devices, such methods and interfaces conserve power and increase the time between battery charges. Such methods and interfaces enable a user to quickly and easily capture health information (thereby also incentivizing the user to frequently monitor his or her health) and to conveniently view and manage recorded health information (thereby raising awareness of the user's current health status to the user).
Apple's patent figures below only cover a fraction of those presenting exemplary user interfaces for initial setup of health monitoring.
If health monitoring is of interest to you, then you could review the four patent applications here: 20190274562, 20190274563, 20190274564 and 20190274565. It should be noted that each of the four patents share the same set of patent figures along with the same "Description of Embodiments" segments. Where you'll find what distinguishes each patent from the other is in the "Patent Claims" section.
Apple's patent applications that were published today by the U.S. Patent Office were filed back in Q3 2018.
Chris Soli: User Interface Designer
Bradley Griffin: Human Interface Designer
Matthew Crowley: Designer