Voice-controlled smart watches that track heart rates and connect to phones and tablets will debut later this year, as Google partners with electronics, technology and fashion companies to take consumers to the next promised frontier in computing.
Google on Tuesday unveiled plans to help develop the watches and other wearable computers based on its Android mobile operating system, which already runs more than three out of four smartphones sold worldwide.
The Android Wear project is open to software makers to create apps for the watches, putting Google at the forefront of efforts to jumpstart the nascent wearable computing market.
The news comes as speculation swirls around iPhone-maker Apple’s plans for wearable computers, including a smart watch of its own. Apple CE Tim Cook has promised new “product categories” later this year.
A video posted on Google’s blog on Tuesday showed people speaking into their watches to check sports scores, control music, send replies to text messages and even open their home garages.
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