The Gear S2 is already a pretty sweet smartwatch, but Samsung may have even bigger plans for the future of its wearable lineup. A pair of recent patents from the South Korean giant show how a similar Gear device could be used to control other gadgets and even work as a virtual reality remote.
The first patent focuses on using a smartwatch as the main input in virtual reality. Samsung illustrates a few different ways that could work. In one example you’d actually touch the Gear device’s display to navigate a virtual world, which could be a bit tricky without the use of your eyes. Another image shows a smartwatch and some sort of smart band worn on either wrist working together to simulate the actual action of swinging a golf club.
The second patent focuses on controlling other appliances and products with the watch. For example, you could change the channel on your Samsung TV by simply shaking your wrist. A similar action could turn on the air conditioner or even the washing machine. Since Samsung makes all these appliances itself it should be easy enough to integrate them using the same Tizen software that powers the Gear S2.
We’d love to see Samsung introduce some of these ideas to the Gear S2 or future wearables. Controlling the world around you is one potential smartwatch feature that hasn’t really be explored yet, and Samsung is well positioned to actually pull it off.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Bring your art into the next dimension with these 3D pens
3D pens are a lot of fun and can produce amazing results. We put together a list of our favorite 3D pens for you to try.