The future of mobile technology isn’t in tablets or smartphones, but instead, could be found in smart watches. Like a page torn right out of an old Dick Tracy comic strip from the 40s, there are smart watches in development right now. And rumor has it that Apple, Samsung, and Google are in a race to be the first of the big leagues to vie for your business in this uniquely futuristic niche market. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the latest whispers from the rumor mill.
- Mockups of a supposed Samsung smart watch were posted to a Korean message board by an anonymous source recently. According to the post, the proposed name for the Samsung smart watch is the Galaxy Altius. Interestingly enough, the topic of the post had nothing to do with the revelation of secret plans but with whether or not the device will sell. Which means it’s either true, or an incredibly smart ploy to convince the world it is.
- Rumors of Google’s interest in the smart watch market were sparked in October, when official patent paperwork was filed describing a smart watch with a pop-up display capable of getting email notifications and map directions. If that doesn’t sound like the basis of a smart watch, nothing does.
- Apple is apparently secretly working on “wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass” which some area already calling the iWatch. Suggested dimensions of the smart watch include a 1.5-inch screen. The ever tight lipped Cupertino behemoth isn’t uttering a word or even making eye contact, but speculation has been kicked into high gear as a result of another rumor: that Apple is working with Foxconn to develop a “power-efficient companion device to the iPhone” that features a curved-glass screen. What else could it be?
- The oft-rumored Apple HDTV perhaps? Some pundits have suggested that the aforementioned curved-glass screen could be describing a television set instead of a watch – and the use of iWatch would also make sense in that context, as in viewers will “iWatch” the “iHDTV.”
- To add further fuel to the fire, Corning’s bendable Willow Glass looks like it would fit quite nicely as something you’d strap around your wrist with the potential to also act as a display.
For anyone asking themselves “Does the world really want a smart watch?” The answer is no further than the Pebble smart watch for iPhone and Android, a nifty device that not only tells the time in high quality e-paper display, but that can also run apps and connect and communicate with your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Pebble’s Kickstarter project is being lauded as the most successful of all time, winning the support of some 68,000 backers to the tune of more than ten million dollars. To put that into perspective, the Kickstarter project’s goal was only $100,000.