Imagine this: you are walking on a street and suddenly you feel uneasiness for no discernible reason. But then your smartwatch or phone detects the presence of deadly gas around you and it sends alerts. Is it too much to believe? Not at all! US Patent & Trademark Office has sanctioned Apple’s patent that claims the company’s future products could have built-in sensors to detect deadly gases like carbon monoxide.
In a published patent application from Apple, the US Patent & Trademark Office said Apple’s technology is related to future iDevices being integrated with poisonous gas detectors.
Future Apple Devices Could Save Users from Harmful Gases
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that kills people without them ever being aware of the peril. With your iPhone or Apple Watch equipped with a tiny gas sensor, you can get alerts of the presence of dangerous gases in the environment at home, work, or in the office.
As per Patently Apple, “Apple’s solution is producing robust miniature gas sensors that include advantageous features such as improved stability, enhanced poisoning resistance, and reduced signal interference.”
The website further claims, “Apple’s solutions can be employed for long-term implementation of environmental and health sensing and hazardous gas species detection in applications such as smart homes, internet of things (IoT), and other applications.”
Apple has always emphasized the health of people. In its interview with CNBC, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said, “I believe if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ it will be about health”.
As per the patent:
Apple’s patent claim #9 points to a “target gas comprising of at least one of ozone (O.sub.3), nitrogen dioxide (NO.sub.2), nitrogen monoxide (NO), sulfur dioxide (SO.sub.2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH.sub.4), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and wherein the components of a gas mixture other than the target gas comprises poisoning species including siloxanes, sulfates, phosphates and chlorides, and/or interfering species such as water vapor.”
With dwindling sales of iPhones, Apple is left with two options: promote its Apple Watch by packing health features and accelerate its Services business. Apple Watch is one hardware that can bring Apple significant revenue. Moreover, the wearable segment offers immense opportunities for innovation, and Apple doesn’t want to leave this scope.
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