Although there were already rumors that Nokia had a smartwatch of its own in the works, a patent filing and a subsequent video demonstration have unveiled Nokia s work-in-progress wrist tech in full. The patent for a multi-segment wearable accessory was made public on Thursday, revealing Nokia s plans to design a smartwatch in order to compete with every other smartphone manufacturer already hard at work on their own wearable tech. Also Read - HMD launches a budget smartphone dubbed Nokia X100: Check price, specs
The drawings accompanying the patent illustrate individual displays on each of the watch segments, which are also detachable. Several smartwatches have already hit the market, but a single, small watch screen can lead to limited functionality. Perhaps more screens is the answer. Nokia got in touch with Engadget after the story broke in order to share a video of the prototype, codenamed Facet, which showcases the interchangeable segments and six touch screens.
The patent was filed on August 20th, 2012, long before Microsoft acquired Nokia s devices business. There s no telling how the deal will affect the potential production of Nokia s smartwatch, but considering how many companies are entering the fray, it would be surprising if Microsoft and Nokia didn t have something to offer consumers.
The video of the prototype can be seen below.