Apple Inc. (AAPL) patents “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection”

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was granted a patent that was published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The name of the patent is “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection” and it was invented by Yash Modi at Apple. This indicates that Apple could still be planning a rumored ‘iWatch’ wearable device.

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“In some implementations, optimizations for detecting steps when a pedometer is worn at a user’s wrist are described. In some implementations, a threshold crossing step detection method can be enhanced for wrist locations by counting the number of positive peaks between comparison threshold crossings, adjusting a minimum peak-to-peak threshold for qualifying threshold crossings, and inferring a second step based on the amount of time between threshold crossings. In some implementations, the pedometer can automatically determine that the pedometer is being worn on a user’s wrist,” states the patent.

Here is a screenshot from Yash Modi’s LinkedIn profile:
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Modi left Apple to join Nest in 2012.

This patent does not necessarily mean that the technology will be used in a rumored iWatch because Apple has been using pedometer technology in the iPod for a while now. The built-in pedometer appeared in the fifth-generated iPod Nano in September 2009.

The rumored iWatch is expected to be unveiled later this year with features that connect to a user’s iPhone or iPad through Siri and the rumored Healthbook app in iOS 8.

[Source: U.S. Patent Office / MacRumors]

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