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Google files patent for smartwatch with touchpads like Glass

Google files patent for smartwatch with touchpads like Glass

GOOGLE SMARTWATCH

Looks like Google may be getting in on the smartwatch game. According to an application patent filed by the company the device will include  functions like a wireless transceiver, a display, a processor, and two touchpads similar to the one found on Google Glass located on each side of the bezel. The touchpads would enable "the coordinated output including at least one of a pinch function, a stretch function and a tap up or down function" according to the application.

Of course nothing could come of this but at least we know Google is thinking such a device.

1. A smart-watch comprising: a wristband including: a voltage line, a data line, and a clock line; a base coupled to the wristband and including: a housing, a processor in communication with the data line and the clock line, and a wireless transceiver in communication with the processor, the wireless transceiver configured to connect to a wireless network; a battery coupled to the housing and in communication with the processor and the voltage line; and a first touchpad located on a first side of the base, the first touchpad in communication with the data line and the clock line, the first touchpad being powered by the battery and configured to provide tactile interaction between a user and the smart-watch; and a second touchpad located on a second side of the base opposite the first side, the second touchpad in communication with the data line and the clock line, the second touchpad being powered by the battery and configured to provide tactile interaction between the user and the smart-watch, the processor being configured to provide a coordinated output based on a tactile-based user input to the first touchpad relative to a tactile-based user input to the second touchpad, the coordinated output including at least one of a pinch function, a stretch function and a tap up or down function.

2. The smart-watch of claim 1, wherein the first and second touchpads are located on the wristband.

3. The smart-watch of claim 2, wherein the first touchpad forms a first modular component removably connected to the wristband via a linkage providing communication between the first touchpad and the data line and providing communication between the first touchpad and the clock line.

4. The smart-watch of claim 1, wherein the base includes a watch face and a bezel region surrounding the base, the bezel region having a surface in communication with the processor and configured to provide a tactile-based user input to the processor.

5. (canceled)

6-14. (canceled)

15. A smart-watch comprising: a wristband; a base coupled to the wristband and including: a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver in communication with the processor, the wireless transceiver configured to connect to a wireless network; and a watch face and a bezel region surrounding the base, the bezel region having a surface in communication with the processor and configured to provide a tactile-based user input from the bezel region to the processor; a battery coupled to the housing and in communication with the processor; a first touchpad located on a first side of the base, the first touchpad in communication with the processor and configured to provide tactile interaction between a user and the smart-watch; and a second touchpad located on a second side of the base opposite the first side, the second touchpad in communication with the processor and configured to provide tactile interaction between the user and the smart-watch, the processor being configured to provide a coordinated output based on a tactile-based user input to the first touchpad relative to a tactile-based user input to the second touchpad, the coordinated output including at least one of a pinch function, a stretch function and a tap up or down function.

16. The smart-watch of claim 15, wherein the first and second touchpads are located on the wristband.

17. The smart-watch of claim 16, wherein the wristband includes a voltage line, a data line and a clock line, the first and second touchpads each being in communication with the data line and the clock line.

18. The smart-watch of claim 17, wherein the first touchpad is removably connected to the wristband via a first linkage providing communication between the first touchpad and the data and clock lines and the second touchpad is removably connected to the wristband via a second linkage providing communication between the second touchpad and the data and clock lines.

19. (canceled)

20. (canceled)

Source: USPTO Concept Image: T3

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