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Apple Watch? Meta's first smartwatch is exposed, photographed and detachable

via:爱范儿     time:2022/1/18 23:09:06     readed:371

Facebook's parent company, which changed its name to Meta, has shifted its focus to the metasomes and is accelerating the development of technology hardware as well as software ecosystem.

In September 2021, Meta partnered with Ray-Ban to launch Ray-Ban Stories, smart glasses with built-in speakers and microphones that can answer calls and control voice assistants. It also has two 5MP cameras that can take photos and 30-second videos and transfer them to Facebook for viewing or sharing on the phone.

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An app developer recently found an image of Meta's new smartwatch in the "Ray-Ban Stories" smart glasses control app, and a patent report submitted by Meta to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was made public. The smart device that is supposed to be the Apple Watch's successor has been spotted for the first time.

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Combined with patent images and in-app exposures, Meta's smartwatch could have two designs: a square, arched face similar to the Apple Watch, and a round face similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch, both with more than one camera and display. The display is fixed with magnets and can be rotated to take photos or video.

"The invention relates to a portable device consisting of a watch band, a base, a detachable attached display, and a camera integrated into the display," the patent document says.

What makes Meta's smartwatch special is not only the camera on the watch face, but also its detachable bezel.

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According to THE VERGE, when THE display is removed, Meta's smartwatch displays a 1080P autofocus camera that can be used to take photos and videos and share them between apps like Facebook or Instagram.

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In addition, Meta's smartwatch is expected to focus on messaging and health monitoring, according to The Information. It will feature heart rate and temperature sensors, have Facebook Messenger built in, and may work with companies like Peloton. The smartwatch may also support LTE connectivity, allowing it to work independently without a phone.

In terms of software ecosystem, Meta's upcoming smartwatch will run on a customized Version of Android, but not Wear OS, while the upgraded smartwatch will switch to the operating system developed by Meta itself.

It's worth noting that the patent filing for the Meta smartwatch mentions "connecting wearables to augmented reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift," meaning that in the future it will most likely be compatible with VR and AR systems as an input device to the company's upcoming AR headsets.

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There's no word yet on Meta's smartwatch, nor is there an official name. Since the company changed its name to Meta, many businesses have been renamed, such as Oculus Quest, but if the new smartwatch is called "Meta Watch," There could be a branding dispute with MetaWatch, a smartwatch company founded by former Fossil engineers.

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