Huawei could be developing a gaming smartwatch, new patent reveals

A new patent from Huawei has been discovered that reveals that the company could be working on a gaming-centric smartwatch.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2018 1:22:40 pm
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A newly discovered patent reveals that Huawei is developing a smartwatch with gaming in mind. The patent was filed back in December last year and is a follow-up to two previous Huawei patents, filed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

First spotted by LetsGoDigital, the patent shows a smartwatch with a square-shape touchscreen that can be interacted through rotating and stretching out the band. As you can see in the diagram below, games can be controlled on the smartwatch through a number of gestures. All you need to press down on the touch-enabled bands either left or right to move a character. One example described by the company shows a racing game that can be operated by swiping the bottom part of the band and break by touching the band without the need to take off the smartwatch.

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The patent outlines these next-generation gesture-based bands can be used to take selfies as well, with a digital shutter button being placed on the band itself. Also, pinch-to-zoom functionality will be support by the screen as well as the band.

Games can be controlled by pressing down on the touch-enabled bands. (Image credit: LetsGoDigital)

Like Huawei, Apple is also rumoured to be developing touch-sensitive smart band for the Apple Watch. Last year, the US Patent & Trademark Office had published a patent application from Apple that revealed that the Cupertino company could be working on touch-sensitive “smart bands” made from woven fabrics, which would let you play music and adjust the volume. Clearly, both companies want to make their next-generation smartwatches more useful. At the moment, bands on the smartwatches do nothing other than being available in different designs and materials.

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Both Huawei and Apple are rumoured to be working on their upcoming smartwatches that might get launched in the fall. The Chinese tech giant has already confirmed that a Huawei Watch 3 is in development. Apple, on the other hand, is expected to launch its Watch Series 4 with a new design and a display that’s 15 percent larger.

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