High five, shake hands and even fist bump to share?
01 July, 2015 | Technology
The Apple Watch has been quite a disappointment to many and it is sort of considered a fairly limited iPhone accessory rather than a device on its own, however this might be changing very soon with the release of Watch OS 2 which will break the watch away from the iPhone a little more.
However, Watch OS 2 may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to enhancing how useful the Apple Watch can be without your smartphone.
A new patent has been uncovered that suggests Apple is thinking about ways to transfer data easy and automatically between two watches, possibly two Apple Watch?
You may ask how? Well through gestures.
Simple gestures in fact, like a handshake, a high five, a bow or even a fist bump.
According to the patent, the watches motion sensors and local wireless communication would be able to detect the movements and transfer the appropriate data.
The device would be able to swap different kinds of data depending on how well you know the person and the exact gesture you use, so if you are meeting someone for the first time you could just send contact info, whereas you could share more data to those people who you know better such as friends or work colleagues.
The patent also suggest that the data can be transferred automatically or with a prompt, and that the data can be sent straight away or a code can be provided to access the information from a secure server at a later time.
As the Apple Watch becomes more widely accepted, it could be a very useful and easy way to swap information without the hassle.
The patent also makes references to a camera for the watch, which has been rumoured before.
Obviously these patents should be taken with a pinch of salt as a lot of the time it is Apple just covering its technical bases, and there is no guarantee or hint from Apple that this will be rolled out on its future devices any time soon but it would be a logical, easy and handy way to transfer data so it is definitely something we can see happening sometime in the future.