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Not just glasses; Google patents smartwatch design

Negar Salek (via AFR) | May 3, 2013
Google Glass isn’t the only wearable gadget rolling off the search giant’s factory belt it appears a smartwatch is also in the works.

Not just glasses; Google patents smartwatch design

A concept design of a Google Smartwatch...the search giant has plans for the device following the publishing of its patents.Adrian Maciburko

Google Glass isn't the only wearable gadget rolling off the search giant's factory belt it appears a smartwatch is also in the works.

According to documents filed to the US Patent & Trademark Office Application and published overnight, Google filed a patent for a smartwatch with a wireless receiver and dual touchpad in 2011.

The battery operated device would feature wristbands that double up as touchpads, a watchface and a bezel surrounding the base.

Google, Microsoft, Apple and Samsung are all reportedly working on a smart watches, with Samsung the only vendor that to have confirmed it is in the works.

Sony has had a smartwatch on the market on sale for a year but it has failed to crack the market with mass appeal.

 

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