A patent that Google (Google) registered in 2017 and is now being revealed after its confidentiality has expired is a smart watch with an unusual feature: a camera lens installed in its center. Google even calls the device described in the “Camera Watch” patent, a hint that photography capabilities are a key component of its design.
The patent document does not clarify whether the camera lens is completely covered with the screen, or is it a drill similar to that of the Galaxy S10. The second option seems more probable given the age of the patent: Even today, the technology for producing a camera lens entirely hidden behind the screen is not yet ready for mass production, not least in 2017. The result seems to be a slightly quirky design, as it is precisely in the center of the screen that is an unusable part, which can make it very difficult to develop applications or support existing applications.
At the very least, the patent suggests that even if Google has not yet introduced a self-made smart watch, the company is certainly investing resources in developing designs and technologies relevant to wearable devices. Google this year also seems not to be announcing a smart watch alongside Pixel 4 devices, but perhaps 2020 will be the year when Google will finally announce a real competitor to Apple Watch – with a particular emphasis on photography capabilities.