Google May Have a WIMM to Make a Smartwatch

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One of the first signs I saw that the tech industry might take another serious stab at popularizing the smartwatch came back in 2011, when a startup called WIMM Labs showed me its Android-based wearable computing platform.

It featured a clever dual-mode display — monochrome most of the time, color touchscreen when you needed it — and an app store open to third-party developers. WIMM planned to work with gadget makers to use the module as the basis of watches, fitness gizmos and other devices you would fasten to your person.

Later that year, the company released a watch, aimed at prospective app developers, called the WIMM One. And then, in 2012, the company pretty much disappeared — leaving behind only a vague message on its website saying that it was working with an unspecified exclusive partner.

Now Janko Roettgers of GigaOM is reporting that the partner in question…

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