Whether you realize it or not, the wearable revolution has already begun. For Google, the push towards the wearable future revolves around the company’s ambitious Google Glass project. For everybody else, it seems that the first step forward will come in the form of a smart watch.
While we’ve already seen devices like Sony’s next-gen smart watch and the Pebble, it doesn’t end there. Motorola, Samsung, Apple and even Qualcomm are all rumored to be working on their own smart watch hardware. In fact, Samsung’s project even goes beyond rumor.
Back in March, an exec confirmed that Samsung had been working on a smart watch project for a long time. So we know it is coming, but what the heck are they going to call it? While Galaxy Watch easily comes to mind, the real name might have nothing to do with the Galaxy brand at all.
According to new trademark information first uncovered by Phandroid, the watch might arrive under the name Samsung GEAR.
There are two different listings associated with the trademarked GEAR name. The first of these talk more about software and could refer to just about any type of computing device. It is the second listing that really has us excited.
Here we find several references to watch terms like electronic clocks and control clocks. There is also a pretty clear statement found embedded in the filling, that describes exactly what the GEAR is all about:
[watches, watchbands and/or bracelets] that communicate data to personal digital assistants, smart phones, table PCs, PDA, and personal computers through internet websites and other computer and electronic communication networks
Now the big question is whether the Samsung GEAR line will be more like the Pebble, or if Samsung will seek to bring more robust Android functionality to its smart watch. Something tells me the later is more likely, but we’ll see.
Either way, a storm is coming. Can Samsung navigate through the weather and arrive as a leader in the wearable computing market?