There’s plenty of chatter rolling around the internet this week with talks of Google getting into the smart watch game. Presumably powered by Android it is also possible that the watch may be something that runs on its own. Whatever it is and whenever it ultimately arrives, I’m already sold.

google-watch-patent_screenWith a bunch of players getting involved in the connected watch or wearable technology space, Google is poised to lead the pack. As cool as PebbleCookoo and I’m Watch are, we’re really anxious to see what Google Glass is like in the real world. But that’s another post for another day.  I’m here to talk about what I’d love to see in a Google smart watch.

Looking at some of the moves Google has made over the last few months with Google Now, this technology would be the perfect backbone to a smart watch. I don’t care if this thing runs apps or has a ton of media storage capabilities. No, I just want my watch to alert me of things ahead of time. Consider that Google Now works by delivering information without asking. Sure, you hit the notification bard or pull up Google Search to get the cards but it’s still there before you go looking for it. Now, imagine your watch vibrating on your arm and showing things as you need them.

Here’s just a few ways in which a Google Now watch would be a killer experience

  • Your favorite team just scored a touchdown
  • Your package has been shipped
  • There’s a half hour traffic delay for your commute, you need to leave now
  • Your phone call is scheduled to start in the next half hour
  • Nearby events
  • Weather alerts for emergencies
  • Birthday reminders

In other words, all I need a Google smart watch to do is push notifications to my wrist.  The stuff that makes Google Now so downright cool is what would make for the smartest of watches. This doesn’t factor into the stuff that is in development.

I don’t need to it show tweets or Facebook status updates; I have a phone for things like this. I don’t need to play games or music, either. Nope. My needs are simple in that I only want Google Now cards pushed to my watch.

Google Time concept via Adrian Maciburko/Dribbble

What would you like to see Google do with a smart watch? Do you have higher demands or do you even want one of these?

See Also: Business Insider

Note: The feature image was created using the Google Time concept by Adrian Maciburko

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  1. That’s the ugliest watch I’ve ever seen in my life. Watches are supposed to be jewelry, not big ugly squares surrounded by ugly, plastic black bezels.

  2. yes and no. Concept design is total crap, however idea is good. Would be sold if battery/charging is solved (7 days? no vacation free of wires? maybe charge via phone (Qi) ?), phone dies – clock dies solution. built in mic for short answers to calls (like a Bluetooth headset alternative). “Nike Fuel band” alternative for pulsometer, steps taken, etc). API so that for example 3rd party app can push graphics on the hand. Lets say navigation (you see arrow, or stuff like that without finding your mammoth phablet phone and turning it on while mountainbiking.

  3. acctually i would need this watch as en external display, so i can use it for navigon or maps while im on a bike. for the rest of the notifications i can also get them on the phone direkt. not a reason for me to buy a acctually cheap and ugly watch and wear it.
    if the sony smart watch could show maps i would have it allready and use it on my bike.

  4. Yeah just Google now / SMS view / Email notification / alarm / Time / navigation info

    Sports functions are a gimmick and there are plenty of sports watches / bands about.

    A cheap “notifications / directions” watch would be spot on say “80->100gbp”

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