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Apple Patent Reveals a Custom Inflatable Blood Pressure Cuff

Apple patents BP monitoring 'cuff'

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Apple has patented a design for a wearable blood pressure monitor — a cuff, equipped with a sensor that is expected to be Bluetooth compatible and sport a touchscreen.

“These devices work through a collection of tiny airbags, or ‘cells’ in the patent, to exert pressure on the wearer’s arm and cut off blood flow. From there, the device gets a measure of the heart’s maximum output before releasing to get a measure of the heart’s resting output,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.

The iPhone maker’s proposed product would reportedly eliminate the need for cardiac-concerned users to go through other third parties.

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However, the company’s first full-on medical device would have to get approvals from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before hitting the markets.

According to the US Trademark and Patent Office, the description of the patented wearable said: “A low-profile blood pressure measurement system and methods of use are disclosed. The system includes an expandable member or structure that has a multi-compartment structure and/or is mounted on a rigid surface or structure.”

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An “actuator” to measure how much pressure is needed to get a good reading without crushing the user’s arm entirely is also part of the patented design for Apple’s blood pressure monitor.

“It seems to be a device whose function could very well be rolled into future Apple Watch devices down the line,” The Verge report added. (IANS)

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Apple Gets A Second Patent For Its Fold-able Phone

Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November.

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 A second patent has been granted to Apple regarding the additions the company intends to incorporate in its originally planned foldable device.

The second patent is focused on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing, Patently Apple, an Apple-centric blog focused on the company’s latest Intellectual Property (IP) developments, reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the description of the second patent claim reads: “An electronic device, comprising a ‘flexible hinge’ coupled between the first and second housing portions wherein the flexible portion of the housing comprises fabric.”

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A demonstration of the newly released Apple products is seen following the product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S. Sept. 12, 2018. (VOA)

The iPhone-maker received its first patent to develop a foldable smartphone from the US Patent and Trademark office in November 2016 that described a display that could be opened and closed like a book, media had reported.

As smartphones continue to introduce larger and larger phablet sizes, there will come a point where introducing a foldable smartphone will make sense, especially with mobile TV on 5G networks on the way, the report added.

Earlier in September, South Korea-based electronics major Samsung released a teaser of a phone with bendable and foldable display technology that would offer the functionality of a tablet complete with multi-tasking and a big screen.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

Samsung’s much awaited foldable device could debut in November at Samsung’s Developer Conference.

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Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November. (IANS)

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