Apple has a range of different Apple Watch straps available — but, aside from letting you pick the perfect strap to suit the rest of your attire, they all serve exactly the same function: keeping Apple’s debut wearable safely strapped to your wrist.
That may change in future iterations of the Apple Watch, with a new patent application published today describing how future Watch straps (or straps for other Apple devices) may include flexible displays woven into the material, offering another way of presenting user messages or notifications.
Apple’s invention refers to “woven fabric displays,” capable of including fibres with various optical properties. These light pipe fibres would enable Apple to make use of the real estate of the Watch strap without having to make it extra rigid or limit the materials too much, since the application explains how light fibres could be intertwined with polymer, metal, glass fibers, and a variety of other woven materials.
Sure, you won’t be watching video on the strap of your Apple Watch any time soon, but as a basic way of presenting numbers, letters, or other simple notifications, I can definitely see this being a neat addition to the Apple Watch.
Of course, being a patent application means that there’s no guarantee today’s invention will ever make it into an actual Apple product, but I’d certainly like to see it do so — as long as it wouldn’t result in Apple Watch straps losing their current premium fashionable appearance. What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Via: Patently Apple