By Stephen Schenck | August 30, 2013 7:50 PM
Maybe it’s this pending Galaxy Gear launch hanging around in the air, but smartwatches have seriously been coming at us from all angles lately. We just head about Google’s role in a supposed acquisition of smartwatch maker WIMM, and now we’re once again turning our attention to a company with an established track record with wearable gadgets, as we get a look at the latest smartwatch patent from Motorola.
You’ll recall that Motorola has already made a stab at smartwatches with its MOTOACTV watch. While that was a very conservative design, this patent filing reveals a more innovative, experimental look.
The patent discusses a smartwatch capable of having multiple displays, at different orientations. One of the big issues we hear about with smartwatches is that they shouldn’t just be shrunken-down phones, but run software that anticipates our usage, displaying the information we want to see at a glimpse, with minimal interaction. It sounds like that’s just what Motorola was thinking about with this patent, describing the use of orientation sensors and eye-trackers to decide what content to display.
Keep in mind, patents like this aren’t necessarily destined to emerge as commercial products, and the ideas we see here could simply be recycled into some other future smartwatch project. That could happen next year, further down the line, or never.