updated 01:57 pm EDT, Thu June 27, 2013
Manufacturer may be beating Apple to the punch
Hon Hai -- better known under its Foxconn brand -- has demonstrated a first-party smartwatch, reports say. The device can connect wirelessly to an iPhone, and display notifications for incoming phone calls and Facebook posts. Like some other smartwatches, it can monitor health signs like heartbeat and respiration, but with the bonus of tips on getting fitness up to par.
More features are planned. Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou says that the company's wireless and medical divisions are working on a finger reader to help monitor health.
Foxconn's entry into the market may be significant because of its main manufacturing client, Apple. The latter is also developing a watch, one which Foxconn could be on track to assemble. Apple could see a Foxconn watch as a conflict of interest, much in the same way that it became angry with Google for launching Android phones while simultaneously providing search and mapping functions in iOS.