Put a ring on it: Samsung patent hints at ring-operated smartwatch

by: Matthew BensonNovember 27, 2014
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If it first you “don’t succeed“, try and try again. If you still can’t catch a break after your sixth attempt, take Beyonce’s advice and put a ring on it.

A new patent application has appeared this week, potentially giving us a glimpse of what might end up being one of Samsung’s upcoming smartwatches. What makes this particular patent so interesting? It shows a round watch operated by a ring around the face.

To be clear, the filing, originally going back to 2013, isn’t for the circular design or for the idea of operating a smartwatch with a rotating ring. The innovation in the patent is displaying a daily agenda on a circular interface divided into “slices”. Rotating the ring is just one of the proposed ways to edit entries from the agenda.

As with all patents, there’s no guarantee that the idea will ever materialize. Regardless if this technology makes it to a product, we already know that circular smartwatch designs are in the works at Samsung – back in August, SamMobile reported that Samsung is working on an answer to the well-received Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, both round designs. Up until now, Samsung has only launched rectangular designs for its Tizen and Android Wear smartwatches.

Rotating rings are nothing new in the conventional watch industry, but up until now smartwatches have been mostly touch-only affairs. The G Watch R has a prominent ring around its screen, but that only serves to protect the screen. Apple is mixing physical and digital controls for its own Watch, which uses a rotating crown as a primary control. It remains to be seen if and how Samsung will take its ring idea to fruition.

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!

  • The-Sailor-Man

    This is BS.
    No one smartwatch will have success . Even Apple Watch (with the whole army of zombies at service)
    We need beautiful , simple wrist-band, ink display, great battery- that has the most useful connecting-phone features. But Wall Street don’t like it because it will be under $99.

  • Hung Solo

    Whoa whoa whoa evryone needs to chill out. These smartwatches are just best guesses at a rumor of what a tech ginormamonster is doing. These guys need to slow down and let “Daddy” show them a cool fun sophisticated gadget. typical andtoid “just throw some sensors and processors at it and it will be awsome!” With no vision whatsoever. Love or hate jony Ive he obviously had a vision for a cool gadget hes not going off some rumor from another company he actually sat and thought about a compelling.device and is trying to realize it and maybe some of it is gimmicky maybe some of it silly but its definitely fascinating and beautiful. So when apple shows a product that maybe we dont need but is still fun and cool to have, so then will android. But seriously let apple finish its products before trying to copy them. Hell trying to copy them after the fact is hard enough, just ask samsung and their all aluminum case woe’s (watta ya wanna bet they bent easily) let the man realize his vision then you can love or hate, copy or borrow what you like and conjure up satan with what you dont. But at this point no one knows what a smartwatch is cuz apple hasnt released it yet