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Google receives patent for a "smart-watch" that uses augmented reality

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Google's patent was granted for a smart-watch with an augmented reality reader

Google's patent was granted for a smart-watch with an augmented reality reader

A patent application filed by Google in 2011 has now been granted to the Mountain View tech giant. The patent is for a "smart-watch" that uses a clear-flip cover. The cover becomes a screen for using apps and also can be used as an augmented reality viewer that displays information to the user. Google might have it in mind to make this a Google Glass experience for the wrist, copying the augmented reality that is such a big part of its eyepiece.

The watch could come in handy with GPS functionality and the augmented reality could display landmarks and would really come in handing when shopping. Price checks, comparison shopping prices and coupons can be generated on the screen. You could even scan certain sections of your morning paper to get updated and current weather, sport scores and real-time stock quotes.

We're pretty certain that this is not a product you're going to find this holiday season or the next. But we haven't a doubt that there are many of you out there just imagining all the cool things you'd be able to do with this on your wrist.

source: USPTO, MobileMag via Gizmodo

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posted on 03 Oct 2012, 01:56

1. JoeBelfiore (banned) (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Patent circled corners? LOL Google, you scream as Apple does this, now its your turn

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:20 12

4. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


This has nothing to do with a silly design patent, it's an idea to use augmented reality on a device which attaches around your wrist like a watch and that can deliver information to you... much more specific than "evenly rounded corners on a black rectangle"

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 03:16 3

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


With apple around! You might need a patent to sell your own underwear!..

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 06:16 4

6. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)


If Google does not patent their tech then Apple will stole that and patent it.

So, till the company like Apple exist it is better to get patent your innovation.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:00 6

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Cool concept! This can really prove useful in Navigation, especially while walking. Would be perfect if it includes NFC or bluetooth. Just load in your destination from your phone and you're ready to go!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:13 1

3. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Just in time to be worked into the development of the Motoactv 2 perhaps? hmmm

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 07:52 2

7. paulislegend (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Why is THIS patent getting pushed through and the drop-down notification patent is still pending...http://www.google.com/patents/US20090249247?printsec=drawing#v=onepage&q&f=false

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:39

8. Fallout09 (Posts: 418; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I think it might have to do with investigation of prior art.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 17:29

9. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Wasteful.

The glasses should use augmented reality to put a watch on my wrist. I shouldn't need glasses AND a watch.

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