In September 2014 we posted a patent report covering a new Samsung wrist bracelet which still holds potential as a future device. This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a new patent application from Samsung that reveals a unique smart neck bracelet that could be used by all consumers. The device is designed to appear as a bracelet when not in use but could easily be transformed into being either a wireless headset for listening to music or as a communications headset that could make or take phone calls. A future iteration of the bracelet will be able to provide users with a projected 3D in-air holographic user interface so as to assist users access or expand features and/or functionality of the bracelet.
Taking and Making Calls
Samsung notes that patent FIGS. 6A to 6C noted above are views illustrating a call connection method according to various embodiments of the present disclosure. Although a call connection is exemplarily described with FIGS. 6A to 6C, the present disclosure is not limited thereto and this may be applied to functions such as schedule notification, message check, schedule check, and alarm.
The bracelet's microphone #352 noted in FIG. 3B above may covert sound signals into electrical signals and may be used for functions such as voice call and voice recognition for commands like 'phone home' hands-free while you're driving.
Samsung further notes that the bracelet may recognize an operation of a user with an illumination sensor or a proximity sensor and may start or answer a call on the basis of a simple hand gesture made in front of the bracelet that has a built-in camera.
Wireless Headset for Music
As clearly noted below, the Bracelet doubles as a wireless headset for listening music.
Due to the functionality of the bracelet, Samsung notes that the device will use a highly flexible material such as silicon.
The ear tips noted below are integrated into the design but Samsung is vague as to how they emerge when the two sides of the bracelet separate or how they retract.
And lastly, there's one futuristic feature that the filing mentions briefly and that involves "a hologram device or a projector. According to Samsung, "The hologram unit may show three-dimensional images in the air by using the interference of light.
Samsung filed their U.S. patent application back in August 2015. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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