Apple received a patent for fun gestures that will allow Apple Watch users to exchange information without having to fiddle with the touchscreen.
A High Five between two Apple Watch wearers could soon mean more than just celebrating a win. Apple received a patent for greeting events. Apple describes features that allow Apple Watch users to exchange automatically data depending on the greeting event. A handshake could trigger the automatic transfer of contact data.
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Apple lists shaking hands, slapping hands, bumping fists, hugging while patting the other person's back, bowing, waving and saluting as possible greeting gestures that could be associated with a specific data exchange.
Using such gestures sounds definitely fun and convenient. The different gestures would be identified by its specific acceleration and movements. The Apple Watch has an Accelerometer already built in that is currently used to count steps and sense body movement.
Apple might also use gestures to control other features on the Apple Watch. Sweaty hands are a problem for the Apple Watch touchscreen. Simple hand movements could be an alternative for touching a button.
The full details of the new Apple patent are laid out on Patently Apple.
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Apple has almost caught up with the demand for the Apple Watch. Apple Stores carry now inventory and online orders on most models are only delayed 1 to 2 weeks.