An Apple ‘smart ring’ could follow long-awaited AR/VR headset


The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published a second Apple patent application for a so-called “smart ring.” The technology could eventually be used with AR, VR, and MR applications, according to Patently Apple (opens in new tab)

The proposed smart ring features sensors intended to “sense the presence of objects, distances to objects or proximities of objects, movements of objects (e.g., whether objects are moving, or the speed, acceleration, or direction of movement of objects), and so on.”

Further, the included technology can improve the sensitivity or speed of sensor system operations. 

Patently Apple smart ring

(Image credit: Patently Apple)

At the heart of the Apple patent application is an invention that includes one or more self-mixing interferometry (SMI) sensors. 


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