02/05/2013 11:09 BST | Updated 02/07/2013 06:12 BST

Google Smartwatch Patent Hints At Wrist-Based 'Google Glass'-Style Product

Google Glass might be having a few issues of late, but if you're not impressed by the idea of wearing glasses constantly and winking to take pictures, you might have another option before long.

Engadget has posted an image of a new watch-based device, patented by Google, which would perform many of the same functions.

While the drawing does not necessarily mean such a product is in the works for commercial release, it does hint at an intriguing new direction for the company's move into wearable computing.

The device would have familiar Smartwatch functions such as a display, processor and wireless connection - presumably to an Android phone or tablet. But it would also have two touchpads on either side of the watch which could be used for gesture-based input.

Engadget note how the gesture input method could include the ability to "pinch, stretch and scroll on a platform with limited space available for user input". Clear as day.

It's all pretty vague at the moment - understandably. But with Google I/O coming up you might just be able to get into the wearable tech game before too long.

Take a look at the full patent application here.