When Google introduced Android Wear in March 2014, alongside the primary smartwatches that may be operating it, it wasn’t fairly what we anticipated. In hindsight, what Google was doing with the smartphone, by constructing a software program platform for different producers to construct on, appeared like an ideal match for wearables. We led ourselves to imagine we might be seeing a ‘Google Watch’; as an alternative we acquired many.
However since then Google has launched the Pixel cellphone, its first foray into making a ‘Google Telephone’, and rumours abound that it’s going to do the identical for the smartwatch subsequent yr.
Which makes it an ideal time to revisit the narrative main as much as the launch of Android Wear – and the place the clues may result in subsequent. Final week we seemed on the paper path of patents that led to the launch of the Apple Watch, and now it is Google’s flip.
October 2012 – Flipping heck
Google is granted a patent for a smartwatch that features “a wristband, a base, a flip up portion, and a digital camera”. The pictures present a watch with a spherical face that features a kind of lid that, when flipped up, reveals an augmented actuality show. The outline might be clearer, however it appears to be like just like the show is clear, overlaying digital photographs and data on the true world.
The person will see related details about what the watch is pointed at. In a single instance we see it being pointed at a shelf of espresso in a retailer, and the watch displaying value and dietary data for the person. The know-how bears similarities to Google Glass, however so far it has not appeared in any smartwatch – not to mention one from Google. The digital camera and microphone do seem in future Android Wear smartwatches.
Might 2013 – Spherical and spherical we go
Google is awarded a patent, filed for in 2011, describing a smartwatch that “can embrace a wristband, a base, a battery and a primary auxiliary part”.
The watch described has two contact pads on the wristband that would offer pinch and stretch capabilities, which does not sound too dissimilar to how Google Glass’s touchpad works.
Additionally, word the date of the submitting: 26 October 2011 – that is the identical because the one revealed in 2012. One thing is afoot.
December 2013 – Hi there Moto
The USPTO publishes a patent to Motorola, found below filings awarded to Google, that describes a smartwatch with an clever wristband. The band would combine good buttons for launching apps, with the patent stating it may “present a phone keypad, for instance, that’s disposed alongside the strap of a wearable machine, and that makes use of no electronics in any respect.”
It additionally describes utilizing the band to observe the wearer’s biometrics. “In a number of embodiments, these functions require the digital machine to have good contact with a person’s pores and skin.”
We have seen Apple wanting down this avenue too, however it’s fascinating that Google and others could also be within the wristband as an extension of the smartwatch. It did not materialise within the Moto 360, however that spherical face definitely did.
March 18 2014: Android Wear is born
Google is awarded a patent for a watch that may take blood with out inserting a needle. Relatively than supplying you with a prick, a removable chamber administers a microparticle by means of the pores and skin of the finger, making a break from which blood is drawn. The chamber is then put again within the watch the place it analyses glucose ranges.
When you think about that 9.3% of the US inhabitants have diabetes, Google’s persevering with curiosity on this space is not any shock. Additionally word that the watch proven within the image above seems within the patent from March, making us suppose these could be the identical machine.
So the place does this all go away us? Effectively, oddly sufficient not too removed from the place we have been earlier than the reveal of Android Wear. Proper now we count on Google to launch its personal smartwatch(es) within the new yr, whereas its analysis into well being wearables additionally continues.
That leaves a query over whether or not the 2 may come collectively. It is clear that Google sees loads of profit within the well being space, however in and outdoors of wearables, and placing that right into a smartwatch would give it a way more compelling purpose to take a seat on our wrist past serving up messages.