New Samsung Patents Hint at a New Smartwatch, Could Feature Android Wear
New patent documents submitted by Samsung have revealed some of the company’s design and feature ideas that may one day go into their next wearable device.
The patent images reveal a circular-faced smartwatch which looks very similar to the Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola. The images also show that the device’s wristband will have a sensor to detect hand gestures. The gesture controls shown in the patent documents include commands similar to swiping in left or right as well as a gesture to select an option similar to tapping on a screen.
The smartwatch’s interface looks very similar to Google’s Android Wear software but the watch could also run Samsung’s own Tizen software which currently runs the company’s latest Galaxy Gear smartwatches. Similar to the Moto 360, which runs Android Wear, the device detailed in the patent filing features a “sleep mode” that will let the smartwatch display time and an upcoming calendar event when the screen is “switched off”.
Other features and interface designs shown in the patent images include the ability to scan barcodes and pull item information like pricing from the internet. Similar features listed in the patent documents include Image recognition, optical character recognition and translation, and object recognition. This could mean that the smartwatch could be equipped with a small camera.
Like other smartwatches, the smartwatch concept also runs health and fitness features including tracking time elapsed, heart rate, and calories burned. Other standard features for smartwatches include weather tracking and GPS and location tracking. This smartwatch also looks like it is meant to be worn not only as a wristwatch but also as an armband, a necklace, or even just place it in your pocket.
It should be noted that all this information is based on patent documents and don’t exactly mean that the product is currently in development by Samsung. It’s even possible that this device or its features would never be used or implemented in an actual device.