Of the 62 new patents granted to Apple today by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), three patents are related to the Apple Watch that cover the implementation of a next-generation form of Biometrics, an illumination system for the bands, and a custom fit band system for measuring a user’s pulse (via Patently Apple).
Titled “Biometric Sensor for Acquiring Skin Texture Pattern,” the first patent details a wrist biometric sensor that has an IR thermal image sensor for accurate skin texture pattern acquisition through hair. The sensor may be located on the inside portion of the Apple Watch band as shown in the illustration above.
The second patent called “Indicators for Apple Watch Band” relates to bands that could provide backlit indicators and icons representing activities in progress, such as Activity App progress, running, swimming, heart rate monitoring, and more.
The third Apple Watch-related patent won by Apple today relates to customized Apple Watch bands featuring a dynamic fit adjustment system.
The perfect fit will be achieved for both leisurely times and when the user cranks up their workout and need their watch band to hug their wrist like its one with them as they run or workout.
The band will even assist users to take their pulse by tightening the band to perfection to get that biometric reading just where it has to be and then automatically back off so as to not choke the circulation to your wrist.
Apple had originally filed for the automatically adjusting Apple Watch band patent back in September 2016.