Get your wrists ready for a new device category. Google is reportedly developing a smart watch, joining similar efforts by Apple and Samsung.
A report this week in the Financial Times, citing a source "briefed on the project," said that Google is developing an Android watch that can act as a peripheral to that platform's smartphones. The technology giant has been publicly demonstrating another wearable computing device, its interactive Google Glass glasses.
Last year, a Google smart watch patent gained attention. Originally filed in late 2011 and granted a year later, it describes a device with a wristband, a base, a "flip up" display, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface.
'Co-Operative Electronic System'
Recently, a patent application by Apple, filed in August 2011, came to light. It described a "bi-stable spring with flexible display" that can lie flat or be curled and be either rigid or flexible. It has been compared to slap bracelets that users slap on a wrist to wrap and curl in place.
That application also described the device as being part of a "co-operative electronic system," which might describe remote communication via Bluetooth with an iPhone in your pocket.
Bloomberg News reported last month that Apple had a team of about 100 product designers working on a watch product. Earlier this week, Samsung confirmed that it also is working on a smart watch. According to rumors, the device will have a tile-based interface, act as a music player and e-mail reader, and can be paired with another device, such as a smartphone.
A variety of smart watches are already on the market. LG makes one, the GD910, which has a touchscreen , an MP3 player and voice recognition, and the company has also confirmed it is working on new smart watch models, as well as on a Google Glass-like product. In 2009, Samsung released a model that it called "the world's slimmest watchphone."
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, Sony showed a splash-proof SmartWatch with Bluetooth connection to Android smartphones. Other smart watches from small companies included the Cookoo, I'm Watch, the Martian, the Meta Watch, and, from Casio, the G-Shock GB-6900. The Pebble Watch has received a great deal of publicity, following its success raising a large amount of funding on the crowdsourced Kickstarter Web site. (continued...)
Posted: 2013-03-22 @ 12:34pm PT
You mean they are working on what Sony already has released?