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Apple Said to Be Developing Smart Watch with Curved Glass

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Is Apple working on the iWatch?

Smart watches are nothing new, but word on the street is that Apple is about to break into the smart watch market with a time-piece packing a curved glass display. The New York Times was first to report on the rumor, citing people familiar with the matter that say Apple's Cupertino HQ is currently testing wristwatch-like devices running iOS.

 Other than that, details on the device are thin on the ground. It sounds like Apple has yet to nail down a final design, so it's probably pretty early in the development stages. As a result, we're left to speculate on just what this device might do. As NYT points out, there's the possibility of Siri integration, Apple Maps, and mobile payments, but there's no information to suggest Apple has definite plans to include any of the aforementioned features in this rumored watch.

In March of 2010, Apple hired Richard DeVaul, who has a background in wearable technologies and a PhD in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT.  At MIT, he worked on new human-computer interaction techniques for wearable, mobile, and portable applications. His Ph.D. dissertation was on a product called "The Memory Glasses," a heads-up display focused on combating the problems associated with wearable memory support technology. Could DeVaul be working on Apple's new generation of wearable technology and might that include a wristwatch? Google has been planning its own wearable tech in the form of Project Glass for quite a while now. It makes sense that Apple would want to develop a product to compete with Google's smart glasses.

The idea of a smart watch is not new and we saw a few at CES in Las Vegas this past January. Many models act as a caller display for the user's phone and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The watch will then show text messages, incoming calls, and other alerts, allowing you to 'check your phone' without having to take it out of your pocket or bag.

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    internetlad , February 11, 2013 4:34 PM
    Late for an appointment because your watch is running slow? You're wearing it wrong.
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    greghome , February 11, 2013 4:25 PM
    More like " We Shall watch over You!!! *evil laughters* *chuckles* *more evil laughter* "
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    internetlad , February 11, 2013 4:34 PM
    Late for an appointment because your watch is running slow? You're wearing it wrong.
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  • 9 Hide
    vertigo_2000 , February 11, 2013 4:41 PM
    iPod Nano with a wrist strap... OMG innovative.
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    shikamaru31789 , February 11, 2013 4:49 PM
    vertigo_2000iPod Nano with a wrist strap... OMG innovative.

    I remember seeing a video of some crazy guy implanting magnets into his wrist and wearing his iPod Nano like a watch, lol.
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    lathe26 , February 11, 2013 5:35 PM
    There's been so many smart watch implementations over the years I'm just going to take a wait and see attitude. For example, the Microsoft Spot Watch did not do very well in the market, partly because it was so unfashionably huge, like a Fred Flintstone sundial.
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    ryan5609 , February 11, 2013 5:36 PM
    It doesn't matter anymore. Even though Apple will be very late to the smart watch game, people will still flock to it and call it the best thing ever. It will probably look like everything else they produce and have an iOS inspired interface,
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    brandonjclark , February 11, 2013 5:39 PM
    I know Apple seems late to the smartwatch game, but that won't stop them from patenting the idea.
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    weakerthans4 , February 11, 2013 5:47 PM
    Meanwhile in Stupertino, Apple files patent for wristband and "things that make a watch tick"... sues industry.

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    g00fysmiley , February 11, 2013 5:54 PM
    I look forward to wearable tech, i only own an ipod 160 gig (still imo the ipod classic is the best stand alone music players made) i prefer my android phone and droid tablet, but one thing apple does right is marketing, if they cna market smart watches and google can bring out google glasses i would be happy to have both... though i would prefer a droid based smart watch,
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    AndrewMD , February 11, 2013 6:30 PM
    vertigo_2000iPod Nano with a wrist strap... OMG innovative.


    No one is forcing you to buy it! Also, Apple technically would be "innovating" according to the definition

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innovate

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    NightLight , February 11, 2013 6:30 PM
    weren't apple fans bashing samsungs curved phones a month ago? now it's probably the most innovating thing they've ever seen, completely invented by apple!
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    AndrewMD , February 11, 2013 6:32 PM
    brandonjclarkI know Apple seems late to the smartwatch game, but that won't stop them from patenting the idea.


    Patenting protects the innovations a) you designed some fresh new concept or b) by updating an existing concept or idea with new or updated design or function. So again, if they are updating on a current idea, why wouldn't it be in their best interest to patent it?

    If you think a business is suppose to be your friend then you obviously don't understand business at all.
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    AndrewMD , February 11, 2013 6:34 PM
    NightLightweren't apple fans bashing samsungs curved phones a month ago? now it's probably the most innovating thing they've ever seen, completely invented by apple!


    What is there to bash? Business is business. If there is an ability to profit from said technology why not?

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    capt_taco , February 11, 2013 6:43 PM
    The Apple iWatch: MSRP $14,999.99
    Android version: $200
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    Avus , February 11, 2013 6:46 PM
    i don't wear watch since i start using mobile phone..
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    dauntekong , February 11, 2013 6:52 PM
    Already been done by ASUS and Samsung... Too late Apple...
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    Soda-88 , February 11, 2013 7:43 PM
    Another revolutionary fad device, great :) 
  • 0 Hide
    retrophe , February 11, 2013 8:10 PM
    Pfft and it will easily break lol. I don't care how revolutionary it may be, it won't replace my atomic G-Shock
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    abbadon_34 , February 11, 2013 8:19 PM
    People have been speculating on this for years. My favorite is the spider, as least aesthetically and if not made by apple

    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/slideshow/2013/02/11/apple-new-iwatch/?intcmp=features#slide=1
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    extremepcs , February 11, 2013 9:14 PM
    Curved glass? They will sue every auto manufacturer for stealing their designs, for windshields.
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