Google's Glass and Apple's wrist band computer or iWatch have caught the imagination of the public as the wearable computer makers are preparing to descend upon the consumer with new wares later next year. Companies like Samsung, LG, Microsoft and now BlackBerry are all considering the smart watch as one of their first wearable computer devices. In fact, a new patent application from BlackBerry published by the US Patent and trademark Office earlier in this current quarter clearly indicates that they have a few initial ideas about wearable computers. While one could certainly be a smart watch, they're also looking into other ideas like a smart tie clip which could be refashioned or repurposed as a jewelry accessory for women. Yes, smart bling: who knew that was in the works?
As you could see in BlackBerry's patent FIGS. 13A and 13B below, the portable electronic device is shaped to be useable as a tie clip. In this example, the first housing is longer than the second housing. Whether it take on the look of patent figure 13b or 18, the device is to have the display on the reverse side and could take on any kind of user interface as so desired by BlackBerry. It could be a mini smartphone, music player, PDA or something not discussed like an electronic wallet or something not yet dreamed of.
Referring to FIG. 14, in another example, the portable electronic device is shaped to be usable as a watch that is securable to a watch band.
In general, in the folded position, the portable electronic device 100 is securable like a clip to an object, such as clothing including a pocket, a sleeve cuff or a waistband, for example, or accessories including a belt, a strap of a bag or a book or a carrying case for a tablet or Smartphone, for example.
The portable electronic device 100 may also be securable to an object that is not readily portable or that is not typically moved from place to place in ordinary operation, such as a curtain or a shelf or a charger or a cable.
BlackBerry filed their patent application under serial number 276980 back in Q4 2011 and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier in this current quarter. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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