Wearing dependent operation of wearable device

Utility Patent Grant (B2)

December 3, 2019

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Assignees: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Sorin V. Dusan, Daniel J. Culbert, Todd K. Whitehurst

A wearable device that attaches to a body part of a user via an attachment member operates in at least a connected and a disconnected state. One or more sensors located in the wearable device and/or the attachment member detect the user's body part when present. Such detection may only be performed when the attachment member is in a connected configuration and may be used to switch the wearable device between the connected and disconnected states. In this way, the wearable device operates in the connected state when worn by a user and in the disconnected state when not worn by the user.