Apple granted another patent for sleep tracking/improvement

Apple has been granted another patent (number 10,368,799) involves methods to improve your sleep. The patent is dubbed “system for determining the quality of sleep” and involves an iPhone and, most likely, an Apple Watch.

In the patent details, Apple says that current sleep monitoring systems “are complex and expensive, and not effective during night and/or in dark rooms.” Further, “realization of such devices as a consumer application is not easy and they may even create hindrance in a user's sleep.” Apple thinks it can do better.

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Here’s the summary of the invention: “Embodiments of the present invention provide a distributed computer system and a method for determining the quality of sleep of a sleeping user. The distributed computer system will determine the quality of sleep by detecting the changes in body posture of the sleeping user. 

“The quality of sleep will be determined by the feature vectors associated with each posture of the sleeping user. The posture of the user will be determined by recording a body motion signal caused by the mechanical and muscle movement of the body of the user.”

Apple has been granted other patents regarding sleep tracking/improvement, including numbers 20190104985, 20180317839, 20180042547, and 20190213060.

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.