Apple patent information AirDrop-like sharing for Apple Watch making use of handshake/hugging gestures

In a brand-new patent application, Apple information a concept it’s explore that would have Apple Watch users shake hands to exchange information (by means of PatentlyApple). The concept is simple. The patent application envisions 2 Apple Watch users exchanging data, such as contact info, for instance, by performing typical gestures like a handshake or a hug:

Specific embodiments of the present invention can facilitate the exchange of info (including however not restricted to call info) between user devices (e.g., cell phones) used or carried by 2 various users. The exchange of information can be completely or partially automated and can occur in response to a device spotting a “greeting 25 event.” In some embodiments, a welcoming event is found when two user devices belonging to different users are in proximity and the users of the devices simultaneously execute a greeting gesture, such as a handshake, bow, hand put, hug, or the like.


While the Apple Watch is the very first device we thought about, Apple notes that the application could deal with numerous wearable devices such as “a watch, a ring, a bracelet, a necklace, or any other precious jewelry product; a product of eyewear, a headband; a belt, a shoe, a scarf, a best, or any other article of clothes.”

Apple explains utilizing either Bluetooth LE or NFC, both which are currently built-into Apple Watch, in order to make a connection in between devices and help with an information exchange when a gesture is acknowledged.

It’s a function that’s already possible with our smartphones utilizing Bluetooth and/or NFC and third-party apps, albeit without using the handshake gesture that makes a great deal of sense for an Apple Watch or other wearable. Apple’s own AirDrop feature for Macs and iOS devices, for instance, allows users to share material with nearby devices, so it wouldn’t be too unexpected to see that exact same branding concerned Apple Watch and incorporate with AirDrop on other Apple devices.


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