Patent shows Google is, or was, thinking about smart watches

Google logoAccording to the Financial Times, Google may be working on yet another wearable computer in addition to Google Glass: a smart watch similar to the ones Samsung and Apple apparently have in the works. A patent application filed by Google in 2011 describes a watch with a “flip up portion” that includes a top display when open that acts as a supplement to the base of the watch, which presumably also includes a screen.

In addition to the flip-up portion, the watch would also include a touchscreen display and a camera as well as the typical mobile device drivers like a processor and “wireless transceiver.” Google makes specific note that the flip-up display would be concealed when the watch is closed.

The watch would be able to display e-mail messages, geographical location, and direction information, and it sounds like the camera would be able to effect some kind of augmented reality: “the processor is configured to activate an image retrieval system that generates information related to an image captured by the camera when the flip up portion is in the open position.”

The patent was granted back in October 2012, but there’s no telling whether Google is actively pursuing the product the way that Samsung is (aggressively so) and Apple is rumored to be. Most of Google’s wearable device and augmented reality energy seems to be focused on its Google Glass project, which is already in many developers’ hands.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Google, Google Glass

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