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Apple granted a patent for an ‘Apple Glove’

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,642,356) for a “wearable interactive user interface” that involves an “Apple Glove.”

In computing systems, a user input device may be employed to receive input from a user. Apple says that any traditional user input devices, such as keyboards, have a fixed or static layout, which limits the adaptability of the device. Additionally, traditional input devices may be rigid and substantially detached from a user, thereby limiting the functionality of the input device. 

Apple is working on tech that would allow Macs and iPads to be controlled by an Apple Glove. In virtual reality systems — such as could arrive if/when Apple’s rumored “Apple Glasses” debut —  force-feedback gloves can be used to control virtual objects. 

Here’s the summary of the patent filing: Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a flexible fabric attachable to a user having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion may be moveable in relation to the second portion. The embodiment may further include a controller configured to identify an input configuration based on a position of the first portion relative to a position of the second portion within a three-dimensional space. The embodiment may further include a haptic feedback structure disposed adjacent the flexible fabric and configured to provide haptic feedback based on the input configuration.” 

Apple has filed two other patents related to an Apple glove.  The other two are numbers 20190065024 and 2020026352.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.