Originally published on 17 May, 2016
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A recently discovered Samsung patent shows a smartwatch that can project its interface onto any nearby surface, addressing a key limitation of the smartwatch screen.The patent, patent filed with the U.S. Patent Office and discovered by Android Headlines, describes a smartwatch with a camera that captures an image of a target area. A processor detects the target area from the image, and a projector beams the virtual interface onto the target area.The watch could project its interface on the user’s forearm as well as their fingers.The watch could also project the interface on any flat surface, such as a nearby door. The system would be controlled by gestures.The technology could also be applied on other wearable technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality headsets.The system described in the patent would make it easier for users to control a smartwatch, compared to input systems on current smartwatches, which rely on touchscreen or mechanical controls.Samsung has not announced concrete plans for producing such a device.
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