Future Apple Watch bands could change colors to match your outfit

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Apple’s new Watch bands.
Color changing bands could be a game-changer for Apple Watch.
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Buying multiple Apple Watch bands may soon become as outdated as mechanical watches.

Apple recently patented a brilliant idea for a chameleon-like Apple Watch band that can change colors to match what you’re wearing. Sometime in the future, you might be able to snap a picture of the color you’re wearing, and have Apple Watch match it in an instant. It’s about to get a lot harder to make fashion faux pas.

Over the last few years, Apple has created more and more unique Apple Watch bands to appeal to customers’ fashion sensibilities. Cult of Mac opened our own watch store because we love all the different options.

In the recent patent filing, Apple reveals how it wants to create one band to rule them all. The patent describes how watch bands could be embedded with light tubes with at least one LED at the end. The tubes could either all display the same color or each a different color, unlocking thousands of new color combinations.

Apple’s patent says that each light tube could have unique characteristics that affect how the light looks to viewers. Shape, thickness, translucency and material could all be changed to create a different effect.

Sensors could also be embedded into the watch to add more features. Of course, just because Apple patented the idea doesn’t mean it will make its way to the Apple Watch. Powering the band might be a drain on Apple Watch’s already limited battery life. Still, it’s a really cool idea. It could have purposes outside of fashion. Imagine having your band light up for different types of notifications so you don’t even have to raise your writs.