lifting_patent_sensor_on_barApple is rumored to launch the iWatch in October and we guess based on the name itself, it seems that the device will be a watch-like gadget which will most likely be worn on the wrist. However could there be other uses to the iWatch apart from being a watch-like device? We have heard rumors about how it will be health-focused, but in what way?

Well according to a patent file by Apple (discovered by AppleInsider), it talks about a transmitter device that can be attached to a weightlifting bar. By attaching to a weightlifting bar, the transmitter will be able to pick up information like how many repetitions are being done with it. This will be achieved through a variety of sensors such as an accelerometer, processor, Hall effect sensor, and so on.

If anything it sounds like the kind of features and components that a health-focused smartwatch could have. It is unclear if Apple plans to allow users to use the watch to gather such information, or if it will be a separate accessory which will then be able to beam the information back to the watch, although the former sounds like a more elegant solution.

According to the patent’s description, “In one embodiment, display 512 is part of a watch (or a MP3 player or a cell phone) that may be seen when worn or used by the user when performing exercises; and measurements determined by processor are transmitted to the watch (or to the MP3 player or cell phone) for display.” Interesting. What do you guys think?

Filed in Apple. Read more about Apple Watch and Patent.

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