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Microsoft Smartband Coming in October with 11 Sensors, Open APIs, and Cross-platform Compatibility

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A trusted source has reached out to us with more details of Microsoft's rumored smartwatch.

This week has been all about the smartwatch. Google officially launched two of them at Google I/O and released the Android Wear SDK to developers. Not long after, someone with knowledge of Asus' plans let slip the fact that Asus has its own watch in the works and that it would be out in September. Now we're hearing a few more details about Microsoft's smartwatch plans from one of our own sources.

Last month, Forbes wrote that Microsoft was preparing a cross-platform smartwatch with the ability to continuously track your heart rate and sync the data to your devices. A trusted source with knowledge of the development has verified some of that information and provided us with additional details about the device. For a start, this source confirmed previous rumors that the device is cross-platform compatible. Our source also confirmed that the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside and says turning your palm up to look at the watch actually feels a lot more natural.

As far as form factor is concerned, Microsoft’s watch apparently eschews the increasingly popular chunky appearance we're seeing with current smartwatches like the Gear, the G Watch, and the Toq. Instead, Microsoft has gone with a slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband (pictured above). Details about the hardware are scant, though our source did tell us that there are 11 sensors under the hood and a mix of chips including some from TI and Atmel.

As mentioned before, this device will be cross-platform compatible. Our source also told us there would be open APIs and that the interface is pretty "slick." We’re working on getting more information, so we’ll update if we hear anything more about the OS.

Finally, the release for this device is apparently set for October, which is a bit later than the summertime launch that previous reports said might be possible.

We reached out to Microsoft for verification of these new details, and a Microsoft spokesperson told us, "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." Not very surprising, considering the company hasn't commented on any smartwatch rumors to date.

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    jimmysmitty , June 28, 2014 2:47 PM
    Interesting design choice. I think the cross platform compatibility and open API will allow it to do better than others that tend to stick to their preferred platform.

    Now for all the Microsoft hate to come flowing in.
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    southernshark , June 28, 2014 3:16 PM
    All comes down to price. If I can get one for 120 or less I'll buy. But I'm not paying 200 for a watch.
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    falchard , June 28, 2014 9:52 PM
    Honestly, I think only Microsoft has what it takes UI wise to make something like a smart watch usable.
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    memadmax , June 29, 2014 1:36 AM
    I don't need my watch spying on me or telling the NSA when I'm taking a dump either....
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    urbanman2004 , June 29, 2014 4:25 AM
    Kinda late in the game but I'm a little curious how it will turn out.
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    Bloob , June 29, 2014 5:05 AM
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    I don't need my watch spying on me or telling the NSA when I'm taking a dump either....

    Then don't buy a watch from any company that operates in the US.
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    wemakeourfuture , June 29, 2014 6:36 AM
    Microsoft will share the same marketshare it enjoys with its smartphones & tablets with this device. Which is 5%

    They simply cannot produce the products customers want. 90% of their revenue and profits still come from Windows & Office. It's been a quarter of a century and nothing has changed with this company.
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    Amdlova , June 29, 2014 7:34 AM
    people spend alot of time on these watchs. that is a fail tecnology. please work on GPS not the (A-gps).
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    velocityg4 , June 29, 2014 8:04 AM
    No matter how much the media tries to hype it up. I'm still not interested in wearing smartwaches, smartglasses, &c.
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    hoofhearted , June 29, 2014 1:51 PM
    Next technological breakthrough: smart nanites ==> you get to be the device
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    alextheblue , June 29, 2014 4:37 PM
    Quote:
    Microsoft will share the same marketshare it enjoys with its smartphones & tablets with this device. Which is 5%

    They simply cannot produce the products customers want.


    ^ We really need to stop supplying internet access to the bottom of bridges. ^

    Anyway, open APIs and cross-platform? That sounds like a winning plan, given that almost everyone else is releasing platform-locked or otherwise proprietary hardware in this market. This gives both developers and end-users greater flexibility.
    Quote:
    Next technological breakthrough: smart nanites ==> you get to be the device

    Let's start with conventional cyberware first - I'll take a new set of cybereyes.
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    vaughn2k , June 30, 2014 6:36 AM
    And its made in China.
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    rds1220 , June 30, 2014 12:58 PM
    Who would buy this crap like Google Glass and smart watches. I would never waste money on something so useless. I don't need Google Glass and I don't need my watch telling the NSA where I am, when I take a dump and how much toilet paper I use.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2014 2:53 AM
    as for not being able to record a whole movie. if u are dumb enough to record with google glass i am sure u have 3 friends that will loan u there google glass so u can record ANY movie from start to finish. as for movie usher




    's u can easily bribe him if he even cares to say something to u.
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    lathe26 , July 1, 2014 11:33 AM
    Chunky design is one of the things that killed the SPOT watch.

    I -really- wanted to buy one back in the day but they only made Fred Flintstone sundials.
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    lathe26 , July 1, 2014 11:34 AM
    ... looks like Microsoft at least learned that lesson (unlike some of the other recent companies).
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    jalyst , July 2, 2014 3:32 AM
    sub.
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