Apple Watches turns the watch screen completely white, allowing users to try and see things in the dark. However, future Apple watches may come with an external flashlight, which should be more useful.
According to a patent granted to Apple, the company is developing a device called “Modular Light Assembly For A Wearable Device” that is “designed to integrate with wearable devices.” It can connect to the smartwatch housing and the band from the outside.
The design included in the patent gives us a fair idea of what future Apple Watches might look like with external flashlights attached to their bands. This seems like a more practical solution, as the user can point it like a torch wherever he wants to light it instead of turning his wrist to point at the watch screen, which has a smaller range and brightness.
Moreover, this module will have its own power source so that the light does not affect the battery of the Apple Watch. It may also have a button to turn it on/off without connecting to the Apple Watch.
But the patent says that “modular lighting can receive communication from a wearable device to activate (turn on) or turn off (off) light sources from one or more modular light assemblies,” meaning users can control it with their Apple devices. .
Modular lighting • Exploded view of modular lighting
The modular light may have an IP rating, as the patent states, “The modular light assemblies described herein incorporate liquid-resistant features such as seals or O-rings to prevent liquid from entering sensitive components.”
The patent also reveals that the modular light is separate from the watch band, but “in some cases the band is sewn, glued or otherwise permanently attached to the light,” meaning the flashlight could be sold as a separate accessory for the Apple Watch. . We may also see Apple launch new bands for external flashlights.
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