eharmony Renews Patent for Wearable Dating Tech

Dating brand eharmony has successfully renewed a patent that would allow online matching via a wearable device. The patent was first applied for in 2014, and first granted in 2017.

Images throughout the patent show interface design examples, from the device’s home screen through to user profiles.

It also shows an example compatibility screen, wherein two users share “family values” and “curiosity” but have a lack of connection when it comes to “spirituality”. A flowchart in the document describes how the app would alert users when a potential match was nearby.

The abstract reads: “A computer-based system for presenting interpersonal relationship analysis and recommendations to a first user on a wearable device including a matching server system that generates, correlates, and determines whether match profile data for the first user indicates that nearby users include any potential matches for the first user before displaying an alert on the wearable device indicating the potential matches location if there is a mutual interest between the first user and the potential match.”

Grant Langston, CEO of eharmony, recently told Thrive Global that he didn’t think the future of dating apps would involve DNA science. The brand’s Future of Dating 2018 report instead suggested that “smart devices will predict if your relationship is on the rocks” in years to come.

Speaking to GDI earlier this month, CEO of Once Jean Mayer said he felt VR and AR-integrated wearable tech could be the next major innovation in the dating industry.

He said: “As soon as you have AR glasses, or something like that, you will see dating apps evolving or maybe a new startup that is going to offer you an AR experience.

“The whole idea here is to be a little bit like happn again. It will most probably be along the lines of looking at a place and using automatic face recognition to tell you that these girls are single and are actively looking for something using these platforms.”

ProSiebenSat.1 Media acquired eharmony for $85 million in late 2018. The firm is the parent company to German dating umbrella PARSHIP ELITE Group.

Find the patent application here.

Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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