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Foxconn unveils its own smartwatch

The new device is compatible with Apple's iPhone

Love them or hate them, SmartWatches are the next big thing to hit the tech industry. Several major manufacturers have recently launched versions of high-tech watches (such as Sony's SmartWatch 2) with more to follow (possibly even one from Google?). This year has also seen several Kickstarter smartwatch projects easily achieve their funding goals. Manufacturers who were ignoring wearable tech before, are certainly paying attention now.

Apparently tired of waiting for the long rumored iWatch, Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) has recently shown off their own iPhone compatible SmartWatch. This is a surprising move from a company best known for the production of iPhones and iPads but no devices of their own.

Like many of the similar watches on the market, the new SmartWatch is intended to show notifications for Facebook messages and texts, as well as receive phone calls and run health and sports apps. Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou also announced that the new device will have some more innovative features such as fingerprint scanning and the ability to record personal health information. Gou anticipates the SmartWatch will eventually see large scale use in the medical field.

No information regarding a possible commercial launch for the device has been announced.


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Craig Munro, 2013-06-28 (Update: 2013-06-28)