Google Patent Application Reveals Glass Smartwatch In Development

For whatever reason, the smartwatch “craze” has been more of a low-level buzz than one might expect, but plenty of companies are getting in the game nevertheless. Google is no exception, and after a hearty helping of rumors to that end, Google has filed a patent application that indicates that the company might have one of its own in development. (The patent title is pretty clear: "Smart-watch with user interface features.”)

This Google smartwatch makes no clear mention of Bluetooth-type connectivity, which has been something of a hallmark for these devices, although it does detail all manner of wireless connectivity such as WAN, LAN, satellite (indicating perhaps GPS capabilities), “telecommunications” network (does that mean Dick Tracy-style voice or even video calls?), and so on.

Google smartwatch

The basic components of this smartwatch will be a wristband, a base, a battery, and at least one auxiliary component. The base will include most of the brains of the operation, such as the processor and a wireless transceiver, and the battery and wristband would be connected, with the wristband containing a voltage line.

Additionally, the wristband’s clasp could connect the circuit when the wearer dons the device, and it could also contain a USB plug or other connector. More impressively, the device could have two separate touchpads on the wristband, which would allow for pinch, stretch, and tap up/tap down functionality. The whole system would be modular, so either a manufacturer or a consumer could potentially customize their own device by adding or removing components.

Google smartwatch

The whole thing is very intriguing, and of course, Google could completely disrupt the fledgling smartwatch market with such a device. It also might be designed to work in conjunction with Google Glass, which would be a pleasant surprise.
MayhemMatthew one year ago

I really do not see the need for these things.

Sevags one year ago

Haha Seth I love the *** Tracey reference!

The thought of making video calls from your wrist is an interesting one but nevertheless pointless just like smart watches for most people. There are some out there who will love it but it will be a small market. A large scale watch craze hasn't happened since the 90's with the Casio Baby-G shock.

ajm531 one year ago

did the site automatically censor that for you or did you intentionally censor it?? Theres no reason to censor someones name but hey to each his own i mean if you censored it yourself. But I wait to communicate with star command!! Seriously though while unnecessary i like the thought of it. Also i dont know if anyone had seen it but there was a concept video that made me want one even more provided it actually ends up something like the concept

realneil one year ago


The site does it for us. Profanity filters I guess.

Kidbest100 one year ago

Why do we even need this >.>

I want my wrist to have an actual watch on it, not a "glass watch" That I can use to take pictures and shoot lasers and record video...

Ugh... Sometimes I think that we are too far into the grid.

sevags one year ago

ajm: yeah the site does it for us otherwise I wouldn't have censored someone's name especially after the person who wrote the article didn't have to censor it lol but didn't have a choice

WonRhee one year ago

we show new VACHEN smartwatch in the kickstarter now.

Dave_HH one year ago

We're going to be looking at the Pebble Watch in the near future I think. Should be interesting to see how offerings from Pebble, Google and Samsung pan out.

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