Google smartwatch may be next part of wearable computer family

If reports of a smartwatch development effort are true, the technology could connect with Google Glass

By , Computerworld |  Hardware

Move over Glass. Google is also reportedly working on an Android-based 'smartwatch' as well as the computerized glasses.

While the Glass product, Google's computerized eyeglasses, is still in development, reports are continuing to surface about the company's work on another wearable computer - a watch.

Sources told The Financial Times (free registration required) that Google's Android Unit is developing a so-called smartwatch that would be an extension of Android smartphones. The unnamed source was said to have been briefed on the project.

Google did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

Google was awarded a patent in October of 2012 for a smartwatch design that includes a processor, a flip-up display, a tactile user interface, and a wireless transceiver that can connect to a wireless router.

Reports of Google's smartwatch development effort come amid swirling rumors that Samsung and Apple have similar projects underway.

"I think this is part of the building of the 'Internet of things,'" said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research. "The more things that are connected, they more value they have to us."

In that light, Google Glass could work very well with a smartwatch.

The Glass technology enables users to take photos, shoot video, pull up maps, and share images and information on social networks from their glasses. A transparent interface over the right eye shows options, and the device can be manipulated using voice control, gestures and touch.

At the South by South West (SXSW) conference in Texas earlier this month, Google demonstrated how Glass can use apps like sending and receiving email through the company's Gmail service.

A Google smartwatch could deliver email or text messages, location and map information or even coupons for a store the user walking past. And the messages could be passed on to Glass, or messages sent to Glass passed on to the smartwatch.

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