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Apple wants to make the Apple Watch more useful for the blind

Apple wants to make its Apple Watch more useful for the blind. It’s filed for a patent (number 10,156,904) for “wrist-based tactile time feedback for non-sighted users.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, typically, electronic devices such as mobile phones and wearable electronics output time by displaying the time on a display screen. However, the time is usually viewed by looking at a displayed time, which doesn’t help those with vision problems. Apple wants to change this. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Systems and methods for tactile time feedback include detecting a sequence of touch inputs at an electronic device, and in response to a determination that the sequence of touch inputs meets tactile time output criteria, output a tactile output pattern that indicates a time of day.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

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.