Apple Patents Weightlifting Tracking That Hints at iWatch

Source: iWatch Concept by Todd Hamilton

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumored iWatch could be the first smartwatch to help users track and optimize their weightlifting sessions. AppleInsider reports that Apple has been granted a patent for a weightlifting tracking system. The patent, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, details a tracking system that uses a sensor to transmit data to a separate display. The remote display can include a wristwatch, hinting at another use for the rumored iWatch.

The sensor device in the system attaches to a weightlifting bar, dumbbell, or machine, and tracks repetitions completed. The data then shows either on the sensor device’s own display, or on an external wireless display, such as the user’s watch. The repetitions data can also be saved and analyzed by the watch so that users can track their progress.

Apple hasn’t officially announced the much-discussed iWatch, but its introduction of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS 8 points to the high probability that the company will launch a health and fitness-focused device. The Health app is initially designed to pull data from third-party apps that iPhone owners already use to track health and wellness, but would likely integrate with Apple’s own as-yet-unannounced smart watch.

The iWatch rumors currently have the device featuring a curved OLED touch screen, with the ability to track sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, calorie consumption, and blood glucose. The watch will reportedly run a version of the iOS operating system, and display iMessages from a connected iPhone.