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Google 'Actively Exploring' Smartwatch Market

By - Source: Business Insider | B 8 comments

Search giant was granted a patent for a flip-out smartwatch in 2012.

Search giant Google is said to be "actively exploring the smartwatch market. A source told Business Insider that the company is specifically looking at the potential methods of marketing a smartwatch.

Back in October of 2012, Google was granted a patent for a smartwatch with a flip-up display. The filing, seen below, said the watch (shown as a concept in the image above) would be able to perform a variety of actions, including offering directions, obtaining product information and displaying e-mail notifications.

Consumers have registered an interest in the lucrative smartwatch market: Pebble, a Bluetooth-powered smartwatch, raised record funds of more than $10 million on Kickstarter and the product is already shipping. Apple, meanwhile, is said to be preparing the iWatch.

Google has already invested in the wearable computing market with its Google Glass project, which may sport a laser keyboard. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, wearable computing devices could replace smartphones over the next decade.

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    kjoz , January 25, 2013 12:51 AM
    Interesting idea, but it will never beat a nice watch that has been hand made in a small alpine village in Switzerland!
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    wannabepro , January 25, 2013 12:06 AM
    Screen is too small. Unless you could control it with your mind.... That would be cool!
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    kjoz , January 25, 2013 12:51 AM
    Interesting idea, but it will never beat a nice watch that has been hand made in a small alpine village in Switzerland!
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    dimar , January 25, 2013 2:05 AM
    Bendable screen watch around the wrist is the only kind of watch that might interest me :-)
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    cats_Paw , January 25, 2013 6:47 AM
    James bond S.it!

    But i still like my Casio with that cool ilumination when you press the right button!
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    virtualban , January 25, 2013 7:53 AM
    What I wish for google to pursue is retina displays, of the kind that project directly to the retina, and be quick to patent the idea before apple does it.
    http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/EyePhone
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    g00fysmiley , January 25, 2013 12:12 PM
    as long as the battery life is good i would be interested in a perephial watch to see txtx and notifications on
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    CrArC , January 25, 2013 1:24 PM
    kjozInteresting idea, but it will never beat a nice watch that has been hand made in a small alpine village in Switzerland!
    I must admit "Hastily glued together by an underpaid factory worker in Shenzen" doesn't sound as snazzy as the Swiss alternative.
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    Pherule , January 26, 2013 10:57 AM
    Unfeasible for 2-handed typing, but otherwise a nice idea. The only other immediate problem would be radiation. Are they going to put a thin layer of lead at the bottom to shield your wrist from radiation?

    Also:

    Computers - one small leap from typewriters
    Laptops - one small leap from computers
    Smartphones - one small leap from laptops
    Smartwatches - one small leap from smartphones
    Microchip imbedded in your skin - one small leap from smartwatches

    Do not like where this is going. I'd sooner embed a bullet into my skin than a microchip. We aren't animals.