A recently granted Nokia Patent gives us some idea about the depth of Nokia’s research work in the field of Smartwatches or Smart Bands. Not only the patent reveals some of the possible Smart watches designs but also demos some possible ways in which notification may appear on the Smartwatches. The patent is not limited to a particular design or a particular way of displaying notifications and talks about many watch / band designs and notification display possibilities. There can be many kind of touch displays including Hover interaction capable and even 3D ones.
The electronic apparatus 10 may include any of a variety of touch displays including those that are configured to enable touch recognition by any of resistive, capacitive, infrared, strain gauge, surface wave, optical imaging, dispersive signal technology, acoustic pulse recognition or other techniques, and to then provide signals indicative of the location and other parameters associated with the touch. Additionally, the touch display may be configured to receive an indication of an input in the form of a touch event which may be defined as an actual physical contact between a selection object (e.g., a finger, stylus, pen, pencil, or other pointing device) and the touch display. Alternatively, a touch event may be defined as bringing the selection object in proximity to the touch display, hovering over a displayed object or approaching an object within a predefined distance, even though physical contact is not made with the touch display. As such, a touch input may comprise any input that is detected by a touch display including touch events that involve actual physical contact and touch events that do not involve physical contact but that are otherwise detected by the touch display, such as a result of the proximity of the selection object to the touch display. A touch display may be capable of receiving information associated with force applied to the touch screen in relation to the touch input. For example, the touch screen may differentiate between a heavy press touch input and a light press touch input. In at least one example embodiment, a display may display two-dimensional information, three-dimensional information and/or the like.
Smartwatch can come with a camera too and may have a band, a strap, a bracelet that may be rigid, flexible, stretchy, foldable, curvable, deformable or bendable. It may have one single primary display or even the band / strap may have a single of multiple displays.
Input device 13 may comprise a media capturing element. The media capturing element may be any means for capturing an image, video, and/or audio for storage, display or transmission. For example, in at least one example embodiment in which the media capturing element is a camera module, the camera module may comprise a digital camera which may form a digital image file from a captured image. As such, the camera module may comprise hardware, such as a lens or other optical component(s), and/or software necessary for creating a digital image file from a captured image. Alternatively, the camera module may comprise only the hardware for viewing an image, while a memory device of the electronic apparatus 10 stores instructions for execution by the processor 11 in the form of software for creating a digital image file from a captured image. In at least one example embodiment, the camera module may further comprise a processing element such as a co-processor that assists the processor 11 in processing image data and an encoder and/or decoder for compressing and/or decompressing image data. The encoder and/or decoder may encode and/or decode according to a standard format, for example, a Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) standard format.
FIG. 2B is a diagram illustrating a wrist worn apparatus according to at least one example embodiment. In at least one example embodiment, a primary display is coupled with a wrist adherence portion of a wrist worn apparatus. For example, the primary display may be housed within the wrist worn apparatus, housed within the wrist adherence portion of the wrist worn apparatus, and/or the like. In the example of FIG. 2B, wrist worn apparatus 212 comprises a single continuous housing. Although the example of FIG. 2B illustrates wrist worn apparatus 212 as a single continuous housing, wrist worn apparatus 212 may be a single discontinuous housing such that a gap exists between two separate ends of wrist worn apparatus 212. Wrist worn apparatus 212 may be rigid, flexible, stretchy, deformable, and/or the like. In the example of FIG. 2B, wrist worn apparatus 212 comprises wrist adherence portions 216 and 218. As illustrated in the example of FIG. 2B, wrist adherence portions 216 and 218 are two distinct portions of wrist worn apparatus 212 and are separated by primary display 214. Each of wrist adherence portions 216 and 218 may comprise a single flexible display, a plurality of flexible displays, a plurality of rigid displays, and/or the like. For example, a wrist adherence portion 216 may comprise a flexible light emitting diode display and wrist adherence portion 218 may comprise another flexible light emitting diode display. Primary display 214 may be a light emitting diode display, an electronic ink display, a liquid crystal display, an organic light emitting diode display, and/or the like.
From time to time, miscellaneous events may occur. In such circumstances, a user of an electronic apparatus may find it desirable to be alerted of the occurrence of an event via one or more of the user’s electronic apparatuses. In at least one example embodiment, an event is an application event, a system event, a text event, a call event, an emergency event, a transportation event, and/or the like. For example, receipt of an incoming phone call on an apparatus may be a call event. Receipt of a text message may be a text event. Receipt of a social networking message by way of a social networking application may be an application event. Reaching twenty-percent battery capacity may be a system event.
In certain circumstances, it may be desirable to associate an event with a notification. For example, a user may be alerted as to an occurrence of an event by way of an associated notification. In at least one example embodiment, an apparatus determines a notification based, at least in part, on occurrence of an event. In such an example embodiment, the notification may comprise a notification type associated with the event. The notification type may indicate a type of event that the notification is associated with. For example, the notification type may an application event, a system event, a text event, a call event, an emergency event, or a transportation event, and/or the like. A notification may, for example, comprise a notification dialog, a message dialog, a data feed entry, an auditory alert, a visual alert, and/or the like.
New Nokia has been interested in smart wearables and health related devices, though a Android based smartwatch project under “HERE” team was scrapped but may come under the Nokia brand. The research work is going on, as another newly published Nokia patent that we have reported earlier talks about a health-oriented wearable band. The most interesting part about this device seems to be the ability to contract to enable proper contact with body to take correct health related data with help of sensors and and expand to provide comfort to users at other times.