It was just last week that we found out Google was acquiring Fossil’s innovative smartwatch expertise, shortly followed by the clearance of Google’s ECG smartwatch for monitoring heart rate. Will Google be incorporating this know-how into the long-awaited Google Pixel Watch?
New technology by fitness watch manufacturer
As reported by the subject portal Wareable, along with its experts, Google will be acquiring Fossil’s intellectual property relating to the smartwatch domain in exchange for $40 million (USD) (about 40 million Swiss francs).
Fossil’s Greg McKelvey told Wareable that the technological knowledge in question dates back to the acquisition of the fitness tracker manufacturer Misfit. It is supposedly technology that is not yet on the market.
Google’s acquisition of this knowledge suggests that a Pixel Watch will also be well positioned in the area of fitness and may even surprise us with some unprecedented innovation.
Approval of ECG Smartwatch
Almost parallel with the Fossil deal was additional news with respect to Google’s smartwatch activities. Verily, Google’s research arm, has developed a smartwatch that monitors various health parameters for wearers of the watch. For example, the so-called “Verily Study Watch” can record the heart’s activity through an electrocardiogram (ECG), which allows it to report on heart rhythm.
The body signals received by the watch are used, among other things, for studies dealing with the cardiovascular system or with movement disorders. Last week, the ECG smartwatch received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since it’s classified as a medical device, it’s prescription only, so for the moment, it’s not designed for the masses.
Verily’s Dr. Michael V. McConnell stated, “Together, we are working towards a future where we can use devices, like the FDA-cleared Study Watch, to inform real-world, personalized care decisions and help us move to proactive healthcare.”
To anticipate which health measures need to be taken, it probably makes sense to wear the heart monitor on your wrist as a constant companion. Maybe the Study Watch’s ECG function will soon be available in a Google Pixel Watch after further testing. The Apple Watch Series 4 already has an ECG module installed.
Look of the Google Pixel Watch
So far, there’s only been speculation about the Google Pixel Watch, although it’s still possible to construct an image.
Google’s smartwatch will undoubtedly have a simple design, just as you’d expect from any Google device. And, with the exception of the Apple Watch, the watch is sure to have a narrower edge than competing smartwatches.
The right side will probably feature a touch slider that allows you to navigate the watch. The slider should also enable scrolling in the same way that the crown functions on the Apple Watch. For ECG readings, you would also have to place your finger on the right side of the watch.
Given the increase in Google’s smartwatch development activities, we may be seeing the first Google Pixel Watch as soon as this year.