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The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device

It's common for people to carry more than one portable device these days. When we're not glued to our smartphones, we typically have a laptop or tablet nearby for heavier workloads or just the convenience of a bigger screen. But Apple is looking to add another must-have device to our growing collection.

Apple is currently testing designs for a smart watch, which would act like a small-scale iPhone. According to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Apple could be using bendable glass (such as that made by Corning) to create a watch that curves with the human body.

The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device. Hon Hai has been working on new technologies for wearable devices, such as more efficient displays and chips at that size.

However, Apple has released no design or feature details yet. The device is still in early testing, but it is expected to be very different from current wearable devices. It could have a range of apps available on-the-go as well as features like GPS.

Many popular wearable devices today, such as Jawbone and Nike's FuelBand, are used to keep an eye on physical activity. These devices can be linked to a smartphone to help people keep track of their fitness goals.

Smart watches attempted to make an introduction long before now, but failed. For instance, Microsoft tried out a smart watch concept called SPOT (smart personal objects technology) in 2003, but it didn't go anywhere.

WIMM, a Silicon-Valley based tech company, introduced its WIMM Wearable Platform back in 2011. But again, the idea just didn't seem to take off.

Considering Apple's success in the mobile realm, it'd be no surprise that the Cupertino giant could lead the way to the next evolutionary step in mobile devices: smart technology right on your wrist.

Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Must have?
By Kurz on 2/11/2013 12:12:54 PM , Rating: 2
I never have to worry about the battery of my watch... I just have to keep wearing it. It's an Automatic Watch.

RE: Must have?
By Samus on 2/11/2013 12:45:48 PM , Rating: 3
Cool, so now I have to charge my iPhone AND my iWatch every 10 hours.

I guess this explains why they went to a new, thinner dock connector.

RE: Must have?
By CaedenV on 2/11/2013 1:46:09 PM , Rating: 5
Rather than actually tracking time the iWatch simply tracks the time until the next needed charge. It then lets the user do the math to figure out the actual time of day.

RE: Must have?
By inighthawki on 2/11/2013 3:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet, what a perfect way to allow all those young teens to have the most hip gadget AND learn at the same time. Genius!

RE: Must have?
By name99 on 2/11/2013 2:34:29 PM , Rating: 4
For precisely this reason, I expect that in the near term such a device will have very little logic on it --- it will be a satellite of an iPhone, with just a low-power BT radio, a screen, and UI sensors.
If it uses a screen technology like mirasol it can be color, but with very low battery usage (essentially like ePaper, the only energy cost is when the screen is changed).

The ideal would be to augment this with tech that can charge the phone from body motion, but I don't know if that's good enough yet.

RE: Must have?
By theapparition on 2/14/2013 12:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
Citizen already has an iPhone integrated watch in the Proximity series. It syncs with BT to an iPhone for time, and also provides alerts for text messages, email and alarms.

RE: Must have?
By Trisped on 2/11/2013 3:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's an Automatic Watch.
Atomic refers to the fact that it can update the time using the radio signal from an atomic clock. My watch, for example, uses the signal from the atomic clock in Colorado.

There are a number of sustainable power systems for watches like thermal, kinetic, and solar.

RE: Must have?
By futrtrubl on 2/11/2013 6:20:59 PM , Rating: 3
He wasn't refering to atomic, he did indeed mean en (dot) wikipedia (dot) org/wiki/Automatic_watch a kinetic winding (not charging) watch. Link was considered spam.

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