Meet Android Wear: the Google project that extends the popular Android operating system into the most familiar of wearables—the wristwatch.
Google is working with a handful of consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers, and fashion brands to build a lineup of varying devices that all boast an expansive catalogue of apps, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek, Qualcomm, and Fossil Group.
Much like Android smartphones and tablets, users can simply say "OK Google" to ask a question, make a reminder, or complete an activity, like sending a text, calling a taxi, or making a dinner reservation.
Google also took cues from other popular wearable devices, like fitness bands, and added the ability to monitor health and fitness via exercise goals and fitness summaries, available through the same Android apps you're already using.
Plus, the system allows for the wearer to control music on your phone or cast a movie to your TV with Chromecast.
Check out Android Wear in action in Google's video below.
"We're only at the beginning; we've barely scratched the surface of what's possible with mobile technology," Android senior vice president Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. "That's why we're so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word."
Android Wear is now available to download as a Developer Preview—while the system already works with many Android-based apps, developers now have a chance to tweak their existing products to better fit a wristwatch-sized device.
Pichai promised more developer resources and APIs coming soon, as well.
First out of the gate on devices, meanwhile, is the Moto 360, "a truly modern timepiece," designed by Motorola and powered by Android Wear, which sports a classic round-face design.
"Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications," Motorola's Lior Ron, corporate vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post.
The watch, which responds with a flick of the wrist or a simple voice command, will be available in the US in a variety of styles this summer before rolling out to global markets.
LG is also prepping an Android Wear-compatible smartwatch, dubbed the LG G Watch, expected to launch in the second quarter of 2014. Additional details are expected in the coming months.