Today we're learning that the folks up at Apple headquarters have just secured another patent that could be a huge deal in our mobile future. Apple has just patented some form of "curved battery" technology. With mobile devices growing to all shapes and sizes, and wearable computing (like Google Glass) taking off, this could be a big win for Apple in the courtroom.
Wearable computing is just starting to take off, and we don't yet know what the future holds. However things like smartwatches, Google Glass, and more, the possibilities are endless. While it’s not a guarantee any Apple product will use this technology any time soon, it does pique our interest as to what they have planned. If anything. Apple often patents technology without ever using it.
And yes, we're talking about the iWatch, or whatever you want to call it. I'm not a fan personally of the smartwatch idea, but then I've not seen anything revolutionize the idea behind it. Don't just toss a screen on my wrist, give me a reason to get one. This recent Google Nexus smartwatch render had me excited though. However, will something like that become a reality with Apple patenting all this curved battery tech? Who knows.
The patent was reportedly filed in January and is now available to the public. Maybe, just maybe, we might see something in the form of an iWatch at their upcoming WWDC, but that's doubtful. Obviously the idea behind a curved battery, even though the technology isn't fully here yet, could be useful for all types of devices and not just a watch or wearable computers. Smartphones, tablets, and more could all benefit from what Apple claims will “facilitate efficient use of space” in electronics.
Is this another grab by Apple to secure a patent they can use in the courtroom, or will we actually be seeing some form of technology or new product from the Cupertino company soon? Who knows. More details can be found from the links below.