by Luke Johnson 19 December 2013 (TrustedReviews)
Motorola looks set to enter the smartwatch race with a newly unveiled Motorola patent revealing the company is working on a techy timepiece with a flexible display. With a number of leading manufacturers believed to be working on their own smartwatch devices as the industry heads closer to the mainstream, Motorola appears set to throw its name into the hat with its own flexible screened, wrap-around smartwatch. According to the company’s patent, published by the US Patent and TradeMark Office, Motorola has been working on a wearable that will incorporate “a flexible chassis module including a front portion having a channel and a rear portion” which can be partnered with a display panel The company has suggested that “this method allows flexing of an electronic device with a flexible display for curved viewing, if desired, or bending with minimal stress”. Although there is no indication as to when Motorola could launch its first flexible smartwatch, the newly emerged patent was filed over a year ago, back on June 19, 2012, suggesting the company could be well into its development process and nearing a final product. With many new smartwatch devices expected in the company months, including the possibility of the heavily mooted Apple iWatch, the most high-profile smartwatch launch to date has been the Samsung Galaxy Gear.