The recent speculation around Apple developing some type of “iWatch” have been confirmed with the recent reveal of a patent Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2011.
According to Business Insider, the patent is for a “Bi-stable spring with flexible [touchscreen] display” that can conform to the user’s wrist by slap-bracelet technology.
Plans for the device include connectivity to other portable devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, according to the patent. Additionally, the device would function as a type of remote control for portable devices with which the user could see recent calls, adjust playlists and respond to text messages, according to the report.
The watch could use the manufacturing process for curved glass and “shake to charge” kinetic energy technology, patents for which Apple Insider reported the company has already been granted.
See images from the patent below.