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Apple patents reveal ambitions

MW-GQ050_AppleW_20180913154016_ZHA review of Apple’s AAPL, -1.47% patent library reveals a deep focus on wearables, health, augmented reality and autonomy, according to Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan.

Apple has applied for patents for Apple Watch technology that would measure dyskinesia and tremor symptoms, and it’s been granted one for blood-pressure detection. The company also seems interested in technology like a mat that could measure vital signs and track sleep, augmenting the Apple Watch and other existing iOS devices.

Outside of health, Apple has received a patent for an Apple Watch band that could take photos and videos through an optical sensor.

Apple’s patents also show wide-ranging ambitions for augmented and virtual reality. The company has applied for patents focused on AR navigation systems and AR technology for virtual meetings, both features that could come to a designated AR headset. In addition, Apple has received a patent for an AR device that could warp images so that people who are partially visually impaired could see more clearly.

In autonomous driving, Apple has sought a patent for sensor technology that would gauge stress levels through measures of heartbeat, body temperate and eye movement in order to increase comfort in an autonomous vehicle. The company has been granted a patent for a system that would let drivers give autonomous cars direction about where to park and even use hand gestures to instruct cars to park in a certain lot.

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