Apple has been granted another patent for an ‘Apple Glove’

Apple has been granted another patent for an “Apple Glove.” This one (number 11,144,121) is for a “wearable interactive user interface.”

About the patent

In computing systems, a user input device may be employed to receive input from a user. Many traditional user input devices, such as keyboards, have a fixed or static layout.

However, Apple says that those limit the adaptability of the device. Additionally, traditional input devices may be rigid and substantially detached from a user. And Apple says that these limit the functionality of the input device. 

On solution: an “Apple Glove” that could detect user hand motion that could be used in controlling electronic equipment. The finger-mounted units may hold components such as force sensors, accelerometers, and other sensors and for haptic output devices.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “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.”

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.