Apple Watch patent: using magnetic induction system to achieve charging, communication in non-network environments

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Apple Watch patent: using magnetic induction system to achieve charging, communication in non-network environments
Apple Watch patent: using magnetic induction system to achieve charging, communication in non-network environments

In a list published by the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) on Thursday, Apple has been granted a patent for Apple Watch technology. It is anticipated that this patent will cover the creation of a magnetic induction charging and communication system that can be used to charge and communicate devices in locations where network signals are not accessible, such as underwater and underground, and that it could be equipped on the Apple Watch Ultra in the future.

In the patent description, Apple states that in certain environments, such as underwater environments, underground environments, high altitude environments, rural areas, and etc., wireless electronic devices may not be able to communicate with, for example, cellular networks and/or Internet networks in certain locations. The result could be that such environments are not conducive to the communication of wireless electronic devices.

In such environments, Apple believes that it is necessary to provide communication in order to facilitate work. According to the patent, Apple is covering a variety of examples of how magnetic induction can be used to enable charging and communication.

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First of all, Apple describes an underwater environment in its first example. In the same way that Apple’s SOS satellite connection is accompanied by a series of predetermined messages on the iPhone, underwater communication is accompanied by a series of predetermined messages, such as, but not limited to, “Help! ”, I am here! ”, I am here! ”, such as “Ascend!”, “Down!”, “Shark!” or any other predetermined SMS message that will indicate the relevant information in the most effective way.

In this embodiment, using inductive charging and communication circuitry, the device can wirelessly communicate one or more messages (e.g., SMS, MMS) (e.g., low-frequency magnetic induction signals) to the underwater electronic device #66, which can then send information to the overwater electronic device #68.

In the second case, Figure 12 presented below illustrates that a large high-power magnetic field source coil antenna #86 can be placed on marine vessel #88 (e.g., a small boat or ship) and act as a surface communication beacon for divers who may be in the ocean.

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