This LG “smartwatch” design is one of the weirdest yet

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If the rise of the smartwatch (and wearables in general) is doing nothing else, it’s providing manufacturers with the opportunity to really experiment and play around with new designs, trying to think up innovative ways to enrich our lives through these smart products. Sure, many of the players are treading lightly, not wanting to release anything too bizarre looking, but even in more mainstream devices we’re seeing some unexpected design choices – like Samsung building the Galaxy Gear’s camera into the watch’s strap. One newly published patent application reveals an unusual take on the smartwatch from LG, with a device that may best be described as a “slap bracelet stylus.”

At its heart, this is an idea for a mobile stylus that’s a bit more difficult to misplace than traditional designs. Instead of tucking the stylus away in a device or in a case, it simply wraps around your wrist, ready for you to straighten it out and start interacting with a screen at a moment’s notice.

But later in the patent LG starts having a little fun with the idea, and gets to talking about what it might be like to add some more functionality to the band – nothing drastic, mind you, but maybe just a little screen for displaying notifications sent over from your phone.

There’s no sign that LG is actually moving forward with a product like this, but that doesn’t make it any less of an interesting idea. The concept of a stylus you wear around your wrist itself isn’t entirely new, but putting a display on one sure seems to be. Does this multi-use design appeal to you, or would you prefer to have a more functional smartwatch and a separate stylus?

Source: USPTO
Via: Android Spin

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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 bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!