The idea of smart watches have been around for a while, as a kid I recall watching Inspector Gadget and wanting Penny's "utility watch" that she would use to video chat with her dog. Smart watches had been a part of popular culture since the 1940's with Dick Tracy's two way wrist radio. As time has progressed, so have the ideas and capabilities of smart watches, more recently with the Pebble and Pebble Steel but now Google is wanting in on the action. This year at SXSW google announced that their take on wearables should be available 'later this year'. While vague on their release date, they've not shied away from who they've been working with. Name dropping device heavy hitters like LG, HTC, Motorola, Samsung & Asus for design as well as companies like Qualcom, Intel, Broadcom, Imagination & Mediatek on the chip side of things. Fossil is even rumored to be working on a more fashionable take on the smart watch with Google. The folks at Imagination Technologies (MIPS) revealed a Newton platform based on it's MIPS architecture that is built by Ingenic. The power-sipping chip is about the size of a quarter and is rumored to add an extra 30+ hours to smart watches and wearables it's used in. All that being said, it looks like we've got some exciting possibilities in the works. Are you excited about new wearable products? Leave your comments below! Information courtesy of: imgtec.com, engadget.com, wikipedia.org Be sure to subscribe to the Slickblogs RSS Feed for behind-the-scenes looks from the Slickwraps headquarters, and the latest technology and Slickwraps news!