The unprecedented Google smartwatch has an extremely unique design when equipped with a perforated camera in the middle of the watch screen.
Remember that last year when the Pixel 3 smartphone was about to debut, tech experts at the time thought that Google could launch a smartwatch model called Pixel Watch at the same time. Eventually, this information only stopped at speculation, as Google itself later admitted that it was still not ready to launch a smartwatch of its own.
However, a newly discovered design proves that Google once had cherished a smartwatch, with the idea of having a camera in the middle of the screen.
Discovered by blogger LetsGodigital, this July 2017 patent is called “Camera Watch”, and includes 7 design sketches of this unprecedented device. These sketches describe a circular clock with a small circle in the middle – thought to be the watch’s camera.
In fact, the idea of equipping cameras with smartwatches is not entirely new. Smartwatch models launched a few years ago have built-in cameras. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Gear 2, which debuted in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
However, in the last few years, they have become less common. Apple has never even had a camera on Apple Watch models. With other technology brands such as Samsung, Fossil, Garmin, the camera is also gradually absent on the recently launched smartwatches.
This is actually quite understandable. Due to the size characteristics of smartwatches, it will be difficult for manufacturers to integrate quality sensors that are good enough to produce a quality photograph.
However, in terms of design, this is still a pretty bold idea of Google, as it has to solve the problem of a screen with a hole in the middle to place the camera. But it must be added that everything still stops at the idea level on the patent. To launch such a breakthrough product model, Google still has a lot of work to do. Is it possible that after the deal to spend $ 40 million in exchange for a range of smartwatch development technologies from Fossil, the Pixel brand will actually be born?