Google patents smartwatch concept with touch sensitive wristband

Google patents smartwatch concept with touch sensitive wristband
So, it looks like Google Glass may not be the only unusual wearable gadget that the tech giant is currently working on. If this recently discovered patent is to go by, a Google-made smartwatch of some kind may be in the works as well. The device described in the application has a processor, a battery, a wireless transceiver, and a user interface to allow interaction with the wearer. But that's all stuff we've seen already. It is something else that actually makes Google's smartwatch concept stand out. 

The wristband of the device is described as sensitive to touch, meaning that it may serve as an input device. That may potentially enable the user to scroll up and down through menus or even zoom in and out on things.

This actually isn't the first time we stumble upon a smartwatch patent application granted to Google. Last year, the company received a patent for such a device with augmented reality features. Yet tech and devices described in patent applications don't always materialize in the form of a commercial product, and we have no reasons to believe that a Google smartwatch will be launching anytime soon. Apple and Microsoft, on the other hand, may be a lot more willing to tap in this new smartwatch market, if rumors are to be trusted.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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17 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Awesome, Google! What's next, Google Underpants? :P

2. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Google Toothbrush!

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Google Condoms!

6. Furbal unregistered

Error 404 gets a new meaning

7. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

^lmao!

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha.......you made me laugh! xD

19. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Google Google Glass for wielding job. it is measure the temperature of wielding dan the optimum time to make sure the wielding is nice and done. heheheh...

3. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

finally now apple cant say they inovated it

5. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

There are already Android watches. You can buy now. Apple inovate? LMAO...

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

like the sony smart watch

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

The SE LiveView was the first Android smartwatch by a phone manufacturer. The Sony SmartWatch is the LiveView's successor.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Hope it's waterproof.

14. poping unregistered

or a google watch with a 19 inch holographic display...

15. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

yo what means LMAO

16. kissily

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 09, 2012

Wahts this with sudden interest in building smart watches by Google, Samsung and Apple. I don't use a watch when my phone can do all that... that is why it's called a smartphone

17. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes now sue Apple the min they drop the product

18. mydi.maus unregistered

YOU GUYS ARE CHILDISH!!

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