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Apple reportedly experimenting with a ‘smart watch’

Published by on Feb 11th, 2013, No Comments

Corning’s flexible Willow Glass

According to The New York Times, there now appears to be some truth to the rumour that Apple is developing a watch that doubles as a computer, a smart watch if you will, made of curved glass that would run on iOS.

As with most rumours, confirmation came from unnamed sources with knowledge of the project that told the publication that the watch is currently being experimented on inside Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

The curved and bendable glass technology that the watch is likely to feature has already been developed by Corning, the makers of the iPhone’s Gorilla Glass.

As the name suggests, Willow Glass, though not as strong as Gorilla Glass, is flexible and light enough to bend in the wind, to a certain extent, without breaking. Announced last June, Corning expects Willow Glass to be mass produced later in 2013.

Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies said that “You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist. Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”

However, without confirmation from Apple this remains speculation, as according to Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester analyst who specializes in wearable computing, there is still uncertainty as to how close Apple is to creating hardware worn so close to the human body.

Google on the other hand has already developed a wearable glass device with Google Glass that has been tested in public at more than one occasion. In November last year, reports of Microsoft working on its own version of wearable glasses also surfaced after the project first became public through the company’s patent application for the device.

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