“Watch-like” products, topic Du Jour at Apple?

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Wearable iDevices have been in the media a lot lately. Many leaks and unnamed suppliers have reported that Apple is planning to make a watch-like gadget. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that unnamed sources familiar with the issue claimed that the company is working on the product right now.

According to the New York Times, Apple is working on “wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass.” The watch would operate on Apple’s mobile iOS platform. Additionally, the device would feature some kind of flexible glass, like that of Willow Glass that is supposedly flexible enough to wrap around “a cylindrical object that could be someone’s wrist.”

According to Pete Bocko, chief technology officer for Corning Glass technologies, who worked on the development of Willow Glass, a glass watch is still a long way from being finalized. “The human body moves in unpredictable ways,” he said. “It’s one of the toughest mechanical challenges.”

The Wall Street Journal is reporting a similar story. Unnamed sources told WSJ that Apple has been in discussions with Foxconn with designs for a “watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smart phone.”

According to WSJ, Foxconn has been working on a variety of technologies that could benefit wearable devices, including addressing the challenges of more efficient displays and stripped down processor chips. Foxconn is apparently working on these issues for multiple customers.

While there is no official information from Apple, Foxconn, or any other related company, both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal pointed out that wearable technology is the new hotness and the tech world is headed in that direction.

[Via: Electronista]

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