It's a smartwatch day apparently. Beyond Apple being granted an interesting smartwatch patent today, our other site Patently Mobile discovered a newly granted design patent for LG that has a huge twist associated with it. Although it looks like a smartwatch, LG has clearly categorized it as a "mobile phone." So obviously LG has something new up their sleeve relating to a future hybrid wearable device. With its rather large interface, it would appear that LG is aiming this mobile phone to accommodate Skype-like video conferencing – on your wrist. Could this hybrid device interest the mobile executive? Only time will tell.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
LG's design patent win is a classic case. LG doesn't describe this as a smartwatch but rather a mobile phone. Yet we have no detailing of the circuitry to support its phone claim whatsoever. For now, we'll trust them at their word.
Below you'll find one of the main design figures for LG's mobile phone and could view the other design figures here.
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