A trademark filed back in 2011 has just been approved today by the US Trademark and Patent Office. The patent, filed on behalf of Google, shows the search giant could be looking to launch a Nexus smartwatch, similar to those we’ve seen from Pebble or the countless Android watches available from China. The patent describes a camera-equipped “smart-watch” that uses a clear flip cover for displaying augmented reality information over the real world.
While Android scales perfectly well on large-to-small sized displays, it can get a bit cramped on tiny 1-inch watch displays. Moto’s done well with adapting Android’s UI for the MotoActv, but I think we can all agree a more stock experience would be ideal. If Google could dedicate a team to making this even more accessible for app developers and OEM’s, I think smartwatches could hit the mainstream.
I guess the real question is what ‘ol Googs plans on doing with this patent. It’s entirely possible this may have evolved into, or been pushed aside by Google Glass. But then again, maybe this had a future along side of it, seeing as how there are many who may feel silly wearing Android-powered eyewear. What do you guys think? Nexus Smartwatch — good idea? Bad idea?