Instead of trying out countless ones or printing out paper guides, Apple thinks it finds a better way to find the right Apple watch band size for your wrist.
Apple today is very different from sticking to Steve Jobs’ famous quadrant of laptops, desktops, consumer and professional computers in the past. Perhaps the clearest indicator is the most confusing choice a buyer has to make — which Apple Watch band to buy.
Apple’s online store seems to have countless watch collections, watch types, and watch strap combinations, and that’s probably never going to go away. But one thing Apple could improve on is confusion about what size band you need for your wrist.
Choosing a smaller or a larger model is easy, but the size is different. Some bands are listed solely as “fitting 145-220mm wrists,” while others are called “Regular,” which apparently means 140-210mm.
The 45mm Black Unity Braided Solo Loop has mutiple size because it is expected to provide an ultra-comfortable fit.
Currently, if you go to buy a band such as that, you get a “Start your measurement,” option. That leads you to two choices, neither of which are exactly Apple-like in their elegance or simplicity.
One is to download a printable tool and wrap it around your wrist. “For a more accurate measurement,” Apple says, “you can use a piece of tape to hold the wider end in place.”
Alternatively, you can use what Apple calls “everyday items,” but refers to tape measures and “paper, pens, rulers, tape, and scissors” collected by artisans. You ended up cutting out a piece of paper tape, though.
Now, however, there’s a new application called “Touchless Wrist Measurement.” And this one is much more Apple-like, because it uses technology.
Apple says “Existing measuring way have many weakness of measuring a person’s wrist. Such techniques require ruler or tape that require contact with the person’s wrist so that may be cumbersome to use and prone to error.”
The patent application suggests that users or Apple Store employees use a scanner, which could be an iPhone that “includes a depth sensor.”
“The electronic device is placed on a surface with the depth sensor facing up,” Apple said, “and the user can rotate their hand/wrist over the electronic device while capturing depth map images of at least two wrists during the wrist scan process.”
“The depth data includes at least two wrist depth map images from different angles that are sufficiently separated to accurately represent the circumference of the wrist,” Apple continued. “For example, one of the depth map images of the user’s wrist can be captured with the palm facing the depth sensor, while the other depth map image of the user’s wrist can be captured with the palm facing the side (eg, about a 90-degree rotation). “
Another difference between the Apples of the past and the Apples of today is machine learning. It even has a place in this patent application because “depth data is fed into a machine learning (ML) model that outputs measurements corresponding to wrist circumference and/or strap size”.
There’s more to it, with patent filings covering over 9,000 words of different sensor configurations. But the ultimate aim is to take measurements and then “provide strap size recommendations based on the output”.
The patent application goes to six inventors, four of whom have previously developed AR measurement tools for the Measure app.
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