Motorola patents multi-display, eye-tracking smartwatch


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.

Source: USPTO
Via: Phandroid

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!