2018年12月27日

蘋果智慧手套將可監控血壓及心跳


近年來穿戴式裝置越來越貼近人類生活,科技龍頭蘋果(Apple)近日發布多達37項新專利,包含電腦、手表、電視與智慧型手機等使用智慧布料,並帶有感測器的可觸控螢幕。

據外媒Patently Apple報導,美國專利及商標局(USPTO)日前公布蘋果3項有關智慧布料相關的專利申請。其中最引人注目的是,將智慧布料結合電路和力度感測器的手套,可與Apple Watch以及iPhone蘋果設備配合使用。

據了解,這款手套內的特殊利度感測器位於手指和手套頂端,包含血壓、心律與呼吸感測器。在操作期間,能收集測量數據,利用iDevice傳送生命徵象結果。

在材質方面,蘋果的智慧手套可能不單單只有織物,也不只有一層材料,結構可由塑料、金屬、玻璃、陶瓷與藍寶石等結晶材料形成。

集成電路和外部蘋果設備進行數據處理,此外,擁有力度感測器的布料未來也可望做成「智慧服飾」。

蘋果不斷投入健康與醫療保健領域,特別是Apple Watch 4上。不過是否會將該技術帶到現實中,還有待長時間觀察。

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Apple patents ‘force sensing’ fabric for clever clothing

In one of this year’s more unexpected patents, Apple was granted a number of U.S. patents on technologies behind what is being described as a “force-sensing glove”. But before you run off to find yourself a short and suspiciously green master, Apple’s patent looks less like Star Wars and more like it will be used for health purposes.

According to the patents, Apple is experimenting with the idea of weaving circuitry into fabrics. This circuitry would be able to sense pressure and force, and would then be able to transmit that data back to a laptop, phone, or other wearable device. A glove is highlighted as a specific example of an item that could be integrated with these circuits, but the patent is keen to stress that this technology could be applied to work in almost any item of clothing. Without going into deep specifics, the circuits would be interwoven between the strands of fabric, and may include “stiffeners” that pop the fabric back into place after pressure has been released, preventing erroneous readings.

What would be the point of such a device? The jury’s out at the moment, and Apple has been exceptionally vague in most of the patent, choosing to instead focus on the specific mechanics of such a device — as you’d expect from a patent. However, one section of the patent does specify that such force sensing technology could be used as part of a sensor that detects heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, or otherwise. With Apple’s recent focus on healthcare and heart-health in particular on the Apple Watch Series 4, this would be an unsurprising move for Apple to take.

However, potential uses would not end there, and the characteristically vague statements leave a lot of room for speculation. With “force sensors” comprising a huge amount of sensors, it might not be beyond the pale to imagine Apple using the tech to power other variations on “smart clothing”. With scientists at Britain’s Nottingham Trent University having recently discovered a way to integrate solar cells into clothing, it seems ever more likely the future will involve us ditching certain items in favor of “clever clothing”.

Original Article: DIGITAL TRENDS
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