Motorola files patent for smartwatch
Of course, Motorola has been down this path before with the MOTOACTV smartwatch that pairs with your phone and is generally focused on those interested in fitness. The new smartwatch era begins on September 4th with the expected introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This new generation will be lead by offerings from major smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Apple. The Apple iWatch is believed to have run into a few snags but the latest rumor has Apple's smartwatch launching in the second half of the year, priced between $149 and $229.
Motorola files patent for smartwatch
source: USPTO via Engadget
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8915; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The patent drawings that are coming out now are ridiculously terrible. It's as if they got a fourth grader to spend 2 minutes drawing what they wanted to lol.
2. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
A fourth grader who's spent too much time playing Assassin's Creed, by the looks of how that woman is getting her eyes gouged out by that wrist-blade.
3. KingOmar (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Yeah, she also have eagle vision capability as well.
Wow, this woman got featured more than the smartwatch xD
19. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Its mainly to be as vague as possible so as to not limit the patent in any way. A trick of the trade at the least. If the woman in the drawing had blonde hair some lawyer would actually bring that fact up for some ungodly reason when this eventually goes to court.
4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
This guy could help them draw at a true professional level:
7. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
You did read that this application was from 2012? Which makes it just as much a bandwagon move as Apple. But nice try.
9. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
D*ck Tracy had a smartphone, and the world has known about it for years.
I agree with the bandwagon comment -- once Apple is rumored to be working on it, then everyone wants to join in. Look at the iPhone, once Apple showed the world how to build the modern-day smartphone, practically every electronics OEM reverse-engineer the iPhone to unlock Apple's secrets.
10. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Apple wasn't rumored to be working on it a year and a half ago, when this patent application was submitted. I know the two of you believe that Apple invented everything, but the truth is Apple is jumping on this bandwagon.
11. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
They reverse engineered nothing. They surpassed it, mainly because Apple fell back on their usual MO - innovate once, litigate from then on.
12. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
They might not have to litigate as much if so many companies didn't copy them, or at least follow them into every category they bring a successful product to. To a certain extent it's just competition, but some companies just follow their competition.
15. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Following into a product catagory isn't a lawsuit offense. Apple did it with the iPhone.
13. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
tedford, you need to work on your use of logic.
Before the other OEMs "surpassed" as you have asserted, they had to reverse engineer Apple's iPhone.
Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Whether you like the fact or not, the fact remains Apple set the standard for the smartphone.
14. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Did Apple need to reverse engineer the smartphones prior to it to surpass them?
You either don't know what reverse engineering is, or have no logical capabilites.
18. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Apple did set the standard for smartphones - in 2007. SInce 2010, they've been playing catchup, and not very well.
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 3209; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
There are so many smart watches around and Apple is not even in the market and yet the two Apple lovers had already implied that the world is waiting to copy Apple.
Goosh! You are the reason why there are so much Apple haters around.
17. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Well of course Apple invented smart watches. Next, they're going to invent a big screen that you watch video on. They are going to call it teevee.
6. harigrg33 (Posts: 163; Member since: 20 May 2013)
Looks like everyone is in hurry to register there patent ....
8. Jurdiales (Posts: 121; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Motorola had excellent ideas on the past that I don't understand why they haven't taked advantage of it: the lapdock was a good idea, but bad executed, MOTOACTV could be much more than a fitness watch, the OG Droid, it was great because their keyboard and hardware in their time, why they don't repeat the formula?
20. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Because now they are owned by Google and as such will now be used mainly to bring to life googles crazy imagination. That's not a bad thing though, the industry has gotten fairly stagnant and needs more real innovation. We don't need another Samsung who only innovates by adding hardware and remedial little software perks or another apple who innovates once every 3-4 years by adding a fingerprint sensor so I can unlock my phone easier. We need a diversity of strategy in the market not a diversity of just competitors. As seen with googles attempt with the moto x, they are trying to bring specialized hardware to phones which hopefully others do too. We don't need 4 more new idle sitting processor cores all running at 2ghz for about 1 minute total in a month, but 4 new specialized cores would be very useful.
21. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Apple didn't innovate by adding a fingerprint sensor. They copied that idea from Motorola.