Samsung Electronics has more up its sleeve in terms of wearable products, according to recent patent filings, including a gadget that can perform various tasks based on gestures the user makes with their hand or wrist.
Samsung's patent appears to show a watch device.
The patent filings, first uncovered by the blog SammyToday, indicate Samsung wants to let users control a smart watch or other wearable via gestures or by putting their hand near the device. According to ZDNet, the wearable, which could be on the wrist, on a necklace or key chain, is described in the patents as including a range of other controls. One could let the device recognize and process images and objects, including barcodes and text, and another is a sensor that monitors the pulse.
According to 9to5Google, the patents show mockups of the device that is similar to the Moto360 watch that Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit plans to release this summer. The Samsung device will apparently display just the time and upcoming events when powered off, but will give users access to weather, maps, contacts and more when unlocked.
Samsung is using Tizen, and not Android, for the second version of its Galaxy Gear smart watch and other new wearables. However, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, said in April said Samsung will introduce a smart watch running Google's Android Wear platform for wearables later this year.
Research firm Canalys reported last week that Fitbit devices accounted for nearly 50 percent of the 2.7 million wearable band shipments around the world in the first quarter. Wearable bands are not directly comparable to newer smart watches, but the report noted that Samsung had 23 percent of the band market in the first quarter.
"Samsung's shipments were down dramatically quarter on quarter as it had strong sell-in for Q4 and then cleared inventory in preparation for its Gear product refresh in early Q2," Canalys analyst Chris Jones said. "The company must make some big steps to improve sell-through and customer satisfaction with its new products."
- see this patent filing
- see this SammyToday post
- see this 9to5Google article
- see this ZDNet article
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