The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 64 newly granted patents today. In December 2018 Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple Invents Smart-Fabrics based Health-Glove that Monitors Blood Pressure and other user Vitals" and today Apple was granted this patent under number 10,437,331.
Apple's smart fabric glove shown in FIG. 4 below includes a layer of fabric (#12) and/or other layers of material shaped in the form of a glove. Force sensing circuitry such as force sensors (#14) may be located on the top of one or more fingers (#38) of the glove and/or on other areas of the glove such as on palm (#40) or the top surface of the glove that covers the back of a user's hand.
Apple's patent FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative portion of the glove such as a finger portion. As shown in FIG. 5, the glove finger (#38) may include fabric that has been woven, knit, braided and/or sewn to form a shape appropriate for receiving a user's finger. When the user presses glove finger in downwards towards a desk surface, a compressive force will be applied to the fabric and the force sensors between the finger and a surface will be able to take readings sent to an external Apple device.
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Some of the Inventors
Aidan Zimmerman: Senior Product Design Engineer. Aidan has worked on Apple Pencil, position sensor and tilt/azimuth sensor for the iPad Pro and more.
Storrs Hoen: Master Scientist / Engineer
Daniel Podhajny: Product Designer.
Apple is looking at new ways to monitor user's health that began with Apple Watch. This granted patent covers a smart glove and last Thursday Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Beyond Apple Watch, Measuring Health Data may be coming to next-gen Smart Clothing with integrated Circuitry,"