Nokia doesn’t want to be left behind in the smartwatch race and has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a wearable gadget that is based on a concept called “Facet” developed by Kent Lyons.
The patent application number 20130271495 is essentially a multi-screened device and completely different from currently available smartwatches in the market from Samsung, Sony & Pebble. The multi-screened device may be gesture sensitive to fingers and some of the screen may be interchangeable.
Apps may run on a single segment and then when expanded may go to an adjacent segment. From the patent application it is evident that there are a total of six physical segments and eight virtual segments. Each of the six physical segments can be taken out and moved around the smartwatch as the user may deem fit.
From the drawings it is also evident that there is a Windows Phone styled locked device signaling towards a possibility of heavy Microsoft involvement in the project. Further, Nokia’s smartwatch plans have surfaced after the launch of smartwatches by Sony and Samsung and chances are the Nokia would have worked hard to alleviate all the shortcomings of those two products.
It wouldn’t be a long shot to assume that Nokia’s device will only work with Windows Phone platform, but if the company really wants to sell huge numbers of its wearable gadget, it should support other mobile platforms as well.
Apple is expected to launch its iWatch sometime in 2014 while rumours indicate that Google is giving finishing touches to its own version of smartwatch – Google Gem, which will be released sometime this month itself.
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