2013 could be the year that so-called “smart watches” go mainstream. In the past year we’ve seen new companies such as Pebble and i’m grab headlines by introducing watches that perform many of the duties we usually associate with smartphones.
But this year some big players in the consumer electronics space are expected to enter the market. Apple is rumored to be working on its own smart watch, and now a Samsung executive has confirmed that the Korean company has one in the works too.
Samsung vice president Lee Young Hee tells Bloomberg that a watch is just one of the new products the company is working on.
Unfortunately, that’s about all he’d say. It’s not clear when it will launch, how much it will cost, or what exactly you’ll be able to do with it. But he probably wouldn’t even have mentioned the watch if it wasn’t relatively close to launch… or unless he wanted to steal a little thunder from competitor Apple.
Samsung and Apple wouldn’t be the first two major electronics companies to introduce a smart watch. Sony introduced a product last year that’s, cleverly enough, called the Sony Smartwatch. It hasn’t yet completely revolutionized the way the world uses mobile devices, but it does let you pair the watch with an Android phone to view weather forecasts, control music playback, and receive email and other notifications on their wrist.
Originally priced at $150, you can now pick up a Sony SmartWatch for about $115.