Samsung is seeking trademarks for a smart watch in South Korea and the United States, signaling that wearable devices from Samsung should be coming out soon. The watch was described as "Samsung Galaxy Gear" and would be a wearable digital device in the form of a wristwatch or wristband.
The trademark application was discovered in a document from July 29 which was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A month prior to trying to get the trademark in the U.S., Samsung filed a trademark for "Samsung Gear" in South Korea.
Outside of general sketches, the trademark application did not reveal a whole lot about the smart watch itself. In the filing, Samsung said the wristwatch would be capable of providing access to the Internet as well as receive and send phone calls, e-mail and messages.
Apple vs. Samsung
Once again, wearable technology such as the smart watch will be a category that Samsung and Apple fight over. Apple applied for its "iWatch" trademark two months ago in Japan and analysts have so far felt as though the smart watch would end up running off of a modified version of iOS.
Rumors surrounding the iWatch have yet to be confirmed and most patents or trademarks from Apple do not tend to signify that a release will be coming shortly. In many categories, such as phones and tablets, Apple has been able to get a head start on Samsung and beat the South Korean company as a result.
Things may end up different this time, with a Samsung smart watch announcement expected to come before Apple's. A Samsung event has been announced for Sept. 4 and the company could use the event to unveil its smart watch, but there has been no confirmation of that.
Wearable Tech: The Future
Key figures in the world of technology such as Mike Muller, co-founder and chief technology officer of ARM Holdings, believe wearable technology will end up being an integral part of the "Internet of Things."
"Wearable technology is going to play a key role in taking the Internet of Things to the next level," Muller told Business Today. "For consumers, wearable technology will be all about creating highly personalized experiences that enhance day-to-day leisure, work, convenience and health."
Although some regular technology users believe wearable technology is more of a gimmick than a useful tool, analysts and members of the technology community tend to feel differently. To start, smart watches from Samsung or Apple will be used to communicate with smartphones or even directly to the Internet to display information, however using them for more than a display is not convenient.
Watches are not the only sector of wearable technology. Glasses such as Google Glass are set to become popular in their second or third generations. Although the initial version of Glass is a bit too expensive and scarce in features for the average user, later versions of the device could prove to be vitally important.