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Rumor: Microsoft Working on a Smart Watch Too

By - Source: FOX News | B 11 comments

Microsoft would be crazy NOT to jump on the smart watch bandwagon.

FOX News reports that Microsoft is currently working on a touch-based smart watch to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung and possibly even Google. The news arrives by way of Asian supply chain executives who claim that the Redmond company requested components – such as 1.5-inch displays -- for a potential watch-style device earlier this year. Even one executive claims to have met with Microsoft's R&D team at the Redmond headquarters.

With process technology diminishing in size at a seemingly accelerated rate, what was once considered science fiction has become a possible reality. Google has proven that with Glass, wearable technology what pumps information as an overlay across the user's field of vision, displaying information like email, directions and more. Many companies are developing similar "smart glasses" while others like Apple are reportedly focusing on the watch form factor.

The primary purpose of wearable technology is to pull a number of services from the smartphone, not replace it. Rather than rub fingers across glass, users would instead use gestures and voice commands. A smart watch from Microsoft would be a perfect fit for the company's multi-screen goal, possibly allowing users to control other devices like a Windows 8 phone, desktop or maybe even the upcoming Xbox Infinity console. Smart Glass integration anyone? Perhaps Skype calling from your wrist?

"We see growing demand for wearable gadgets as the size of the smartphone has become too big to carry around," said RBS analyst Wanli Wang. "A smart watch that is compatible with a smartphone and other electronics devices would be attractive to consumers."

This wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has attempted a smart watch. The company introduced Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) back in 2004 to personalize household electronics and other day-to-day devices. Watches produced by Swatch, Tissot, Fossil and Suunto were based on this technology, and relied on FM broadcast signals to retrieve information like the local weather and more. Gadgets based on SPOT technology used MSN Direct network services, and cost $59 a year.

It's highly possible we'll see a Windows 8-powered smart watch this June at BUILD 2013 alongside Windows 8.1 "Blue", so stay tuned.

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    everlast66 , April 15, 2013 4:03 PM
    Will it have a Start Button ?!?
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    everlast66 , April 15, 2013 4:03 PM
    Will it have a Start Button ?!?
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    godfather666 , April 15, 2013 4:12 PM
    solution looking for a problem.
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    nitrium , April 15, 2013 9:55 PM
    If Balmer has anything to do with it, and will have had, this thing will fail hard. Balmer has the anti-Midas touch - everything he touches turns into turds.
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    g00fysmiley , April 16, 2013 4:47 AM
    if only there were already smart watches on the market /looks at sony smartwatch on wrist ...
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    g00fysmiley , April 16, 2013 5:02 AM
    if only there were already smart watches on the market /looks at sony smartwatch on wrist ...
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    Non-Euclidean , April 16, 2013 6:04 AM
    Thank God. I was waiting for someone to fill the gaping market niche for malware infected smartwatches.
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    WretchedSoul44 , April 16, 2013 6:08 AM
    Windows 8 powered smart watch - No thank you. I'm not a big fan of iphones and all the other i things, but that watch looks pretty snazzy. Though having to charge my watch sounds kinda dumb.
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    ojas , April 16, 2013 6:21 AM
    FOX news, you say?
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    SuperGamerBoy , April 16, 2013 7:21 AM
    No need of any smartwatch microsoft, bring out the next "Xbox".
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    velosteraptor , April 16, 2013 7:55 AM
    Im pretty surprised that all of the major players are all jumping into this market, i cant imagine there would be enough demand to be able to support one company having a watch like this, let alone several.
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    lathe26 , April 16, 2013 5:54 PM
    If people can't browse the web on their watch, the watch will likely have limited appeal. No idea whether that could work decently on a watch's small screen.