Google Gets Ready To Sail in Wearable Computing Market: Acquires WIMM Labs

By Anuj

    After making a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD), the makers behind Google Glass are working on their next big project- smart watches. Google is exploring opportunities in wearable computing technologies for quite some time.

    We have seen Google Glass, and probably in the coming months there is a chance to see Google-branded intelligent watch. Reportedly, GigaOM published a story stating that Google without making any buzz acquired WIMM Labs for an undisclosed amount.

    Now, Google has confirmed to AllThingsD about acquisition of WIMM Labs. Sources also say that the team is working very closely with Android team over at Google Labs. The software giant is yet to comment upon the need to buy WIMM Labs.

    Google Acquires  Smart Watch Maker WIMM Labs

     

    Last year, the respected team discontinues making smart watches and suddenly disappeared from the scene. Their website has no information about past smart watches, except a special note. Here's an excerpt take from company's official website.

    "During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit".

    Few months back, both The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times reported that Google was working hard to come up with a smart watch of its own. 

    Meanwhile, the smart watch market is believed to be the next hot destination after smartphones. Though, the real smart watches are yet to arrive in the market, however, the success of Pebble kickstarter campaign should not be ignored either. Players like Apple, Samsung, Intel, Google, LG and Sony are monitoring smart watch market very closely.

    The Cupertino-based giant Apple would launch its iWatch next year. On the other hand, the world's leading smartphone maker Samsung will bring its first smartwatch in Berlin next month.Currently dubbed "Galaxy Gear ", the smart watch by Samsung is said to be powered by Android OS.

    Another South Korean player LG has told us that the work is going on an intelligent watch, but the formal announcement date is not fixed. 

     

    Japan's Sony Corporation had previously tried to bring its own smart watch last year, but failed due to unacceptability citing weak demand of such devices. Recently, the tech vendor reintroduces its smart watch in the market. The device is powered by Android OS. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates.

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