In yet another attempt by Google to dominate all aspects of our digital lives, plans have emerged that the search giant may be trying to revitalize the wristwatch in tiny computer form.
Google already patented a smart watch complete with flip-up display last October so the technology to implement such a device undoubtedly exists – but is it desirable?
According to insiders, Google is in the process of trying to figure out just how to market such a device. It goes without saying that a “smart watch” would do much more than just tell time. It could effectively serve as an email or stock alert system, GPS, or even alert you of sales on products you might be interested in just by walking by the store.
The patent outlines the flip-up display would be transparent to some degree, allowing the screen to overlay info onto the real world to potentially dish out various levels of information depending on settings.
The “smart watch” effort has tones of Project Glass which is Google’s other project devoted to wearable computing. For the unfamiliar, it’s a pair of smart glasses that also features a transparent screen to view the world through and get info.
Many predict Google glasses are not that far away. There has already been talk that Project Glass will release to the public in 2014. As if smartphones and tablets aren’t enough to keep us connected 24/7!
Developers, however, will get the chance to go hands on with Google Glass during some upcoming events in February. Whether you like it or not, wearable computers may be high fashion in years to come.
Even Apple recently was awarded patent for a shoe equipped with sensors and a processor. Obviously the tech giant is aiming towards fitness related applications for the “smart shoes”
If Google does break out a smart watch, it would be a natural fit to Google’s main source of revenue – advertising. The opportunities to “push” notifications on local sales and merchants could represent a huge untapped revenue stream for the tech giant.
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 5:22 PM on Jan. 28, 2013