Motorola’s Moto 360 is one of the most intriguing smartwatch designs to come to our attention, and it will have the honor of introducing the circular Android Wear form factor to the world. In a landscape covered by rectangular smartwatches, that’s a welcome breath of fresh air. But surely, other manufacturers will be quick to follow suit, right? Isn’t every major player going to want a round option for its own lineup? Samsung sure appears to have been kicking around the idea a little (or maybe more than a little), and a series of recently published patent applications gives us a glimpse into the manufacturer’s aspirations for a round smartwatch.
This isn’t just some quick aside to its larger smartwatch plans: Samsung has filed for over half a dozen patents describing the same round-faced system, some numbering in the hundreds of pages. At depth, it talks not just about how this smartwatch would look, but how a UI might work on such a circular screen.
In other documents we see Samsung taking this circular display and making it modular, popping out of the watch strap to be used as a pendant, on a key fob, or as a clip-on badge. None of this is to say that we’ll actually see Samsung release such a convertible smartwatch, but the sheer amount of material present in this find suggests that Samsung has spent significant time and resources developing the idea.