Apple and Google Working Together on These Wearable Computers
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In Google’s secret Google X labs, researchers are working on peripherals that, when attached to clothing or one’s body, would communicate information back to an Android smartphone.
Google has hired electronic engineers from Nokia (NYSE:NOK) labs, Apple, and engineering universities who specialize in tiny wearable computers, according to people familiar with the work.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has also experimented with prototype products that would relay information back to the iPhone, and could display information on other Apple devices like the iPod as well, according to an inside source, who said a “very small group of Apple employees” had been conceptualizing and prototyping some wearable devices.
One idea being discussed is a curved glass iPod that can be worn on the wrist; people would be able to communicate with the device using Siri’s language user interface.
Product developers plan on the smartphone being the hub for all of their products. “Years ago, researchers envisioned these tiny computers transmitting information to the Internet,” said Yael Maguire, a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard . “It wasn’t what we envisioned, but it happened. It’s called the smartphone.”
Michael Liebhold, a senior researcher specializing in wearable technology at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, says that in the next 10 years, he envisions that people will be wearing glasses with built-in screens and, eventually, contact lenses with working displays.
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