Earlier this year there were multiple anonymous sources claiming that Samsung, Google, Apple, and several other companies were working on a smartwatch of some description. Thanks to a recent patent surfacing, theres some tangible evidence now suggesting Samsung is considering a product called the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung is no stranger to accessories for their Android-based Galaxy products. As the only smartphone manufacturer who has gone all in with the stylus friendly Galaxy Note line, their Bluetooth Slim Stick pen accessory that didnt quite catch on, and their S Pebble MP3 player accessory for the S3, weve seen the company not afraid to take risks before. Their accessories for the Galaxy S4 seemed lacking by comparison to the previous generation, leaving many to believe that there would be a higher end smartwatch accessory on the way. While weve not seen a product just yet, it looks like something watch shaped called the Galaxy Gear has surfaced at the USPTO.
The design sketch leaves quite a bit to the imagination, but what you get is a watch band holding a piece of hardware with a flexible display. Samsung has been teasing flexible displays for several years now, but weve yet to see them deployed in any consumer product. This watch design would offer the wearer an interactive surface that spanned the entire top half of the wrist, which could open quite a few doors for Samsung in terms of phone sync features. As with any display on the wrist, however, battery life and a thin profile are huge parts of whether or not this design will work out for Samsung.
Theres a lot of enthusiasm for smartwatches in the tech world right now, with Kickstarter projects like Pebble and Metawatch seeing huge responses from audiences. Theres not quite as much excitement outside of the tech sphere for this kind of product, but it could very well be that Samsung has the household clout required to promote such a product and make it something the average consumer is interested in.
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