Apple wants the Apple Watch to serve as a user’s ‘health companion’


Apple has been granted a patent (number US 11986318 B2) that details plans for an Apple Watch to serve as a user’s “health companion.”

About the patent 

The patent involves a wearable electronic device (the Apple Watch) that can be used to determine and evaluate external environmental factors that can affect a user’s health. In the patent Apple notes that electronic devices may include certain features to enhance a user experience. 

For example, an electronic device may include a sensing element designed to monitor the user as well as a surrounding environment. In particular, a wearable electronic device can include multiple sensors used for interacting with a user that can provide information related to a current physical condition and/or health of the user as well as provide relevant environmental information.

The patent seems to involve, among other things, a smartwatch’s ability to measure sweat and water input to make sure a user is staying hydrated.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “A wearable consumer electronic product includes at least a housing arranged to carry operational components comprising a processor and a band having a pliable band body and a securing means arranged to secure the band body to the housing. In one embodiment, the pliable band body has a size and shape suitable for wrapping around an individual appendage and that includes an opening that leads to a cavity within the band body suitable for accumulating an amount of water and a band sensor embedded within the band body in communication with the cavity.”

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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.