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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: Concept looks cool...
By cokbun on 2/11/2013 12:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Concept looks cool...
By retrospooty on 2/11/2013 1:09:26 PM , Rating: 1
Cool.... So Apple will be making yet another iCopy product.

RE: Concept looks cool...
By ilostmypen on 2/11/2013 1:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong! Apply Thought of it first, you can tell by the patented rounded corners.

RE: Concept looks cool...
By retrospooty on 2/11/2013 2:48:00 PM , Rating: 1
That's what iCopy means... It means they invented it, and patented some trivially different form of it after they copied it. ;)

RE: Concept looks cool...
By Wererat on 2/11/2013 1:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not interested; that's just an accessory for someone that already has an Android phone (albeit a nice one). Similarly, not interested if Apple makes a watch-shaped accessory for an iPhone.

OTOH, if it's actually the phone, $#^& yeah.

RE: Concept looks cool...
By tayb on 2/11/2013 2:54:04 PM , Rating: 2
That looks really awesome and the price ($120) is not bad at all! The reviews on Amazon were not overly favorable though and the fact that it can't show Gmail alerts is a deal killer. I stand by the "not executed well" comment.

RE: Concept looks cool...
By Schmide on 2/11/2013 3:35:14 PM , Rating: 2
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