Patent: soon an Apple Watch with integrated camera?
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Patent: soon an Apple Watch with integrated camera?

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New major improvement coming for a future model? Probably not in 2022, anyway.

If there is indeed a particularity that makes it possible to distinguish the Apple Watch, it is its famous “ Digital Crown ” which is also found on the AirPods Max wireless headphones . This small wheel installed on the side of the dial allows you to navigate within watchOS, by clicking for example once to access the home screen.

However, according to a new patent validated by the American organization in charge of the intellectual property of companies (USPTO), Apple would already aim to make this button more efficient. How ? By integrating a photo sensor dedicated to shooting on demand.

Principle and operation

In short, it would be a question here of simply pointing your hand towards the subject to be captured so that the lens immortalizes the scene. Impractical for framing, we agree. Nevertheless, it would be enough to detach the bracelet from his wrist to possibly obtain a better quality shot.

With this, Apple offers the integration of a kind of flash for example to take pictures at night or in low light conditions (basement, capricious weather, studio). Note that this is not the first attempt by the apple brand to validate such technology, since another similar patent had already been filed by Tim Cook’s company in 2019.

What does the competition offer?

In addition, you should know that if the Apple Watch is still far from marketing this solution – it sometimes takes several years to transform the trial of a patent – this is not the case for third-party manufacturers. One thinks in particular of the case of Wristcam, a particularly promising startup which precisely offers a bracelet for the Cupertino watch with front camera .

This accessory, which still costs around three hundred euros, is also compatible with the FaceTime app for making video calls. From here to see a source of inspiration for Apple there is only one step, but only the future will tell us if a similar product will indeed see the light of day at the Californian giant. On the contrary, it happens that some prototypes never end up in stores, because they are too energy-intensive, too expensive or simply do not correspond to the expectations of the private market.

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