In October 2016 Apple filed their first patent application for wrist gestures on a future Apple Watch with a camera. Then in July of this year we posted a report covering Apple's second patent on this technology titled "One Apple Watch Team Project is Advancing Motion and Gesture Input." Today Apple was granted a patent for their second Apple Watch invention on Apple Watch gestures, a mere four months after being filed.
Apple's invention generally relates to Apple Watch detecting a user's motion and gesture input to provide commands to the device or to other devices. In particular, Apple Watch can use one or more sensors to determine a user's motion and gesture input based on movements of the user's hand, arm, wrist, and fingers.
Apple's patent FIG. 4 below illustrates an exemplary configuration of an Apple Watch on a user's wrist; FIG. 6 below illustrates a plan view of an Apple Watch with motion and gesture sensing using inertial sensors; FIGS. Shown below in the 3-series illustrate exemplary finger and wrist movements.
To learn more about granted patent 10,488,936 that was issued today by the U.S. Patent Office you can review our original report posted in July for details and more patent figures.
Some of Apple Inventors
Erik de Jong: Apple Watch Product Design Lead
Colin Ely: Product Design Engineer who came to Apple via Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems as a mechanical engineer.
Brian Lynch: Director of iPod Product Development
Serhan Isikman: Display Incubation and Optics Manager
Kuldeep Lonkar: Senior Product Design Engineers, worked on Apple Watch, iPhone X and HomePod. Lonkar is currently working in the Technology Development Group.
Andrzej Baranski: Product Design & Structural Analysis Engineer. Baranski came to Apple via BD Medical as Technology Leader. One project was in the design and product development of drug delivery medical devices and more.