A new patent granted to Apple shows the operation of a smart ring that could interact with other objects, it would be focused on augmented reality glasses or headphones.
In accordance with new information from Patently AppleUnited States Patent and Trademark Office published a second patent application for a product called a “smart ring”. This patent is very interesting because could be related to the use of augmented, virtual and mixed reality apps. The first patent had already been granted last August.
A new category of products would be coming at Apple, this patent is one more complement
The launch of (augmented) reality glasses by those of Cupertino has been rumored for a long time. The leaks have not yet come to lightprobably because there is still no final result in prototypes.
What is this new patent application about? It is a smart ring that has sensors to detect the presence of other objects, in addition to the distance to them or the closest ones. What is surprising is that it will also have the ability to know the speed, acceleration or direction of movement. The focus of this patent is automatic mixing interferometry sensorsfor its acronym SMI.
How will they complement the glasses or other future products?
The sensors will act to have the data between the ring and any device like an iPhone or even an Apple Pencil. It will identify the gestures from the configuration and operation of the entry systems that will be based on the SMI sensors.
When the ring is in use you will be able to measure everything around you, how we are moving the Apple Pencil or how close we have the Apple Watch or other device of daily life or even an object as simple as a few keys.
Its use could go beyond simple measurements, can be complemented with mixed reality-based glasses or headsets for entertainment and gaming. If we project it as a complement to these glasses or headphones, the ring could be as a remote control style or a direct controller to point or point towards people or objects and be seen in the glasses.
This category of products is about to be launched, next year could be key for it, but until we have more indications of these products, the space for speculation could be much larger.