Future Apple Watch bands may have tightness sensors

Future Apple Watch bands may have tightness sensors. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170086742) for “band tightness sensing.”

According to the invention, the smartwatch has a processing unit and a health sensor included in a housing, a band operable to couple the housing to a body part of a user, and a tightness sensor coupled to the band. The tightness sensor is operable to produce a signal indicative of a tightness of the band on the user's body part. 

The processing unit determines a tightness of the band based on the signal and perform one or more actions based on the tightness Such actions may include evaluating the signal for changes in the tightness of the band according to operational tolerances of the health sensor, providing output directing the user to adjust the band to improve operation of the health sensor, monitoring changes in the tightness of the band and adjusting a measurement obtained by the health sensor, and more.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.