On May 16, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Motorola that reveal some of their vision concerning a future Smartwatch. Beyond their Smartwatch doubling as a smartphone with a flexible display, it will also integrate a wide variety of next generation sensors. The patents point to sensors that could sense the condition of your skin right through to monitoring both your pulse and heart rate and keeping all of that information stored in a medical profile on your watch. At the end of the day, if you happen to be a big Motorola fan then you'll certainly enjoy exploring this report.
To make it crystal clear that Motorola's smartphone will in fact double as a phone, we direct you to Motorola's patent point number 62 right out of the gate which clearly states that their future Smartwatch could operate in a number of modes. Specifically, it states that "Such modes include a desktop mode, a telephone mode, a wristwatch mode, a health monitoring mode, a clock mode, a calendar mode, a gaming mode, or a media player mode."
In Motorola's patent point # 71 we read in-part that "The control circuit may operate one or more operating systems, such as the Android mobile operating system offered by Google, Inc.
In patent FIG. 9, Motorola illustrates a wearable device in the form of wristwatch or wrist device that includes a detachable electronic module 901 that is coupled to an active strap 902 to form a wrist wearable device.
The illustrative electronic device 900 of FIG. 9 includes a mobile communication circuit, a touch sensitive display, wellness sensors, a near field communication circuit, a global positioning system device, an infrared sensor, twin microphones configured for selective beam steering, and a cover layer configured with piezoelectric sensors so as to function as an acoustic transducer and input control device.
Accordingly, the electronic device 900 can function in a telephone mode to not only serve as a personal communication device akin to a mobile telephone, but can also function in a health monitoring mode to also serve as a personal safety and security device capable of detecting falls, user accidents, user drowsiness, user sleep and sleep patterns.
Moreover, the electronic device 900 is capable of sending and receiving emergency alert communication messages, as well as delivering alert notifications to the user. In one or more embodiments, the electronic device 900 can be configured to communicate with social networks to provide automatic wellness and other updates to friends or family.
Motorola's patent fails to describe patent figure 22 below. However, common sense tells us that the Smartwatch will be able to tell if the device is being covered by a sleeve of a garment. In such mode the display is likely to go to sleep so as to conserve energy.
Motorola's Robbery Scenario
In describing patent FIG. 28, Motorola presents us with a robbery scenario that's both funny yet serious. I mean, you have to agree with me that Motorola's killer napkin cartoon is rather humorous. Though in the end it somewhat conveys the message that they're attempting to communicate to the patent office.
Motorola's patent filing in respect to this robbery scenario states that "a store patron 2820 has passed out due to the stress of seeing a robbery in place. A robber 2821 is holding a clerk 2822 at gunpoint. The stress of this event has simply caused the store patron to faint. However, the store patron is fortunate enough to be wearing a wearable electronic device 2800 configured in accordance with one embodiment of the invention.
This wearable electronic device is equipped with wellness sensors. The wellness sensors have sensed very abnormal vital signals from the store patron. For example, his heart rate may have spiked through the roof only to fall upon fainting. Further, his temperature may have experienced variations as well. Perspiration may be present. More importantly, the wellness sensor is capable of detecting that the store patron has fallen and is now motionless after exhibiting the abnormal vital signs.
In the scenario of FIG. 28, the store patron cannot speak due to having fainted. However, the wearable electronic device is configured to transmit emergency alerts upon detecting that the store patron has experienced unusual physical conditions, has fallen, and is motionless. The wearable electronic device pulls location information from the global positioning sensor. The electronic device then sends an emergency communication message to the appropriate emergency services personnel through an emergency services call number, such as 911 or SOS.
The emergency services call number will depend upon what regional authorities use as an appropriate emergency services call number. The emergency communication message 2823 is then sent to the emergency services center 2824. This transmission can be through any of a variety of methods, including short message services, multimedia message services, instant messaging, messaging over session interrupt protocol, and so forth. Emergency personnel 2825 can then be dispatched to render assistance."
Motorola throws everything they can imagine into this Smartwatch and is truly overkill just so as to protect the right of including some of these sensors in the future. If Motorola just so happens to be a particular brand that you like, then you'll enjoy reading these patents over a couple of cups of coffee. To review these three patent applications that are rich with ideas, then see Motorola applications 20130120459, 20130119255 and 20130120106.
At the end of the day, the next generation smartwatch to beat is theoretically from Motorola's arch rival, Apple. As to who will actually go from patent concept to finished product first and who will deliver the very best solution is still up for grabs, as there's at least a half dozen competitors with Smartwatches on the drawing board today.
Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product coming to market is unknown at this time.
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