- The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for a fabric Apple Watch band with an electrochromic feature.
- The watch bands described in the patent can each have a colour control that can be changed.
- Adjustable colour watch bands can also be utilised to express information to a user.
In a bid to make it more appealing to fashion-friendly people, tech giant Apple likely aims to introduce colour-changing bands for its Apple Watches in the future. The tech giant has been granted a patent for a colour-changing band for the Apple Watch, which would allow users to select various colour combinations using an app on the watch itself. Let us take a closer look at it.
Colour-changing Apple Watch
According to Patently Apple, who spotted it initially, the US Patent and Trademark Office formally granted Apple a patent for a fabric Apple Watch band with an electrochromic feature. The bands have colour-adjustable elements that can change the colour scheme and design in three separate band zones for a customisable appearance specific to the user. Additionally, those who are fashion-conscious will be able to coordinate the colour scheme of their watch band with their clothing.
For instance, a user may want a watch band in a certain colour based on the user’s choice of clothes, other items to wear, the user’s environment, or another preference, the report said. Some watches already on the market let the user take off and switch watch bands to make the watch more unique. But this means that the user has to have a separate watch band for each colour or set of colours that they want.
Unlike traditional watches, the watch bands described in the patent can each have a colour control that can be changed. This means that a single band can show a variety of colours and colour combinations.
Some other features of the colour-changing bands
Adjustable-colour watch bands can also be utilised to express information to a user. For example, the watch’s electronic system can adjust the hue to convey a notification to the user. The watch band’s colour-adjustable elements can be arranged and separately controlled in a way to show specific icons, shapes, and/or text by illuminating selected elements in a specific way. As a result, the colour-changing features of the watch can be leveraged to provide the user with visual information from the watch.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that the new Apple Watch band is just on the papers, and we are not sure when the company might unveil a new Apple Watch with the colour-changing band. Recently, a report said that the company plans to unveil a new Apple Watch Ultra model with a larger display and new screen technology in 2024.