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

Google receives patent for a
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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9 Comments

1. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

4. linneti15

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 26, 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"

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

6. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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!

3. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

7. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 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

8. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

9. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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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