Report: Wearable Computers from Apple?

4th gen iPod touch

Would you wear a portable device?

We’d be much less likely to run a story like this had it not been from the New York Times. According to the report, Apple and Google have been working on new sorts of devices over the last year. If the report is accurate, they are working on some sort of wearable computer.

It’s hard to say how real this may be at this point, and for all we know it’s possible that they will never materialize into final products.

Here’s a portion from the original report:

Over the last year, Apple and Google have secretly begun working on projects that will become wearable computers. Their main goal: to sell more smartphones. (In Google’s case, more smartphones sold means more advertising viewed.)

Here’s another chunk of the report that’s worth reading:

Apple has also experimented with prototype products that could relay information back to the iPhone. These conceptual products could also display information on other Apple devices, like an iPod, which Apple is already encouraging us to wear on our wrists by selling Nanos with watch faces.

One idea being discussed is a curved-glass iPod that would wrap around the wrist; people could communicate with the device using Siri, the company’s artificial intelligence software.

Interesting. We wonder how those would be marketed.

[Via New York Times Bits Blog]

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