Intel says it's working on smartwatch; mum on possible Apple link

June 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- Intel's chief technology officer has confirmed the company is working on a smartwatch, although he would not address rumors of a collaboration with Apple.

The timepiece is one of a range of "experimental devices in the lab," Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner was quoted by VentureBeat, as part of the chip-maker's investigation of "novel display devices."

"The watch is kind of -- if you want to put the time on it, that's fine. But if you're talking about texting today, wouldn't it be nice if you could just look at your wrist?"

A number of companies are working on a wearable mobile-connected device, with Microsoft rumored to be working on one, but most speculation has been focusing on Apple and a possible collaboration with Intel on a smartwatch with a 1.5-inch display that could hook up to an iPhone via Bluetooth to display incoming calls, emails, and calendar entries through a connection to the smartphone.

Google has also announced it is currently developing a smartwatch that will connect to an Android smartphone.

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