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Microsoft doesn't want to be left out of the wearables market

We know that Google is preparing to make a big push into smartwatches with its Android Wear platform (and the help of its partners). Apple is also rumored to be entering the market with its “iWatch” that could tie in nicely with the rumored Healthbook app in iOS 8.
So that leaves us with Microsoft. The Redmond, WA-based company is trying to secure enough market share to remain relevant in both the tablet and smartphone sectors — sectors where both of its aforementioned competitors dominate — and it now looks as though it too wants a piece of the smartwatch market.

 The Motorola Moto 360 uses Google's Android Wear software platform and will be available this summer.

Forbes is reporting that Microsoft’s smartwatch project — which is currently under development — will be packed with sensors to monitor your heart rate and other vital signs. The smartwatch will reportedly feature optical engineering input from the Xbox’s Kinect team. According to Forbes’ Parmy Olson, “Designers and data scientists have created a software platform to go with the smartwatch that will correlate data from the device’s sensors, according to sources, giving a more accurate read on heart rate and fitness.”
The smartwatch will feature a battery capable of lasting for two days with regular usage and more importantly, the smartwatch is said to work with competing platforms such as smartphones running iOS or Android. We have the feeling that BlackBerry users, however, will be left in the dark.

According to Forbes, Microsoft's smartwatch could be unveiled as early as this summer.

Source: Forbes

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Apple Curveball
By Oyster on 5/29/2014 8:41:38 PM , Rating: 3
Credit must be given where credit's due. I'm no fan of Apple products, but Apple has thrown such an awesome curveball, Jobs must be laughing his ass off in his grave. Everyone from Google to Samsung to Microsoft is wasting time, resources, and money on a smartwatch. Heck, even Intel is trying to come up with funky t-shirts. American corporatism and business strategy at its best.

RE: Apple Curveball
By atechfan on 5/30/2014 6:11:05 AM , Rating: 2
You seriously think Apple only leaked smartwatch rumours to get Samsung and MS to waste time making a watch, while Apple secretly developed the next big thing? But Samsung and MS are huge companies with billions spent on R&D. It isn't like making watches means they can't make anything else.

RE: Apple Curveball
By DT_Reader on 5/30/2014 2:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be ridiculous. This has nothing to do with Apple. The heart rate monitor is a Bing tie-in. They'll sense when your heart rate changes as you view various web pages and tailor the ads they show you to match. I'm surprised Google didn't think of it first.

By fteoath64 on 5/30/2014 3:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
Considering the pedigree of Kinect hardware developers, I would not be surprised if they could come up with a really good and useful watch with elegant design cues. It is about time MS launch something new that is good enough for the market and develop that quickly to v3 like the new Surface Pro3 which is almost there in terms of design/functionality and price point.
I would get one if it works with Android via BT 4.0 LE. If MS can build a sensor that reads finger muscle movement and upright screen position. Then, this watch can be operated on the hand it is wearing. No touching needed!. Claim is TOUCHLESS interface!. Touching a watch screen just makes it dirty!.
Operating mode is:
Swing your hand to view position, watch screen on automatically.
Forefinger move, advances selection, Pinky finger move , backward selection. Four finger close, CLICKs selection. Double click to navigate back.
In a different context, firefinger=YES, Pinky=No, Four fingers=SKIP.
Double-click (four fingers twice) = BACK.
Simple elegant and what people would want!!!!!.

By villageidiotintern on 5/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: Tiles
By datdamonfoo on 5/29/2014 6:14:22 PM , Rating: 1
I just measured the smallest tile on my Lumia 1020, and then the face of my Citizen watch, and you would be able to fit 4 tiles on the watch.

So you're wrong.

By drlumen on 5/29/14, Rating: -1
RE: Lemmings
By hpglow on 5/29/2014 7:19:27 PM , Rating: 4
Because even though they make a metric ass ton from windows they are watching market share slip due to peoples transition to tablets. MS is trying to be a little more proactive than BB was.

RE: Lemmings
By Mitch101 on 5/29/2014 7:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
I knew watches were a trend a long time ago but I don't see any revolution that will bring them back. All I suspect is basically an Apple iPod Nano 6th generation with a watch band and that wasn't a big sell. It seems like a niche item at most. Could be wrong but I dont know where the wow factor is in this.

I would like to see it drop this to around $39.00

But again the Nike Fuel band is a niche item. Outside of that it may be the next Ive fallen and cant get up device.

RE: Lemmings
By NellyFromMA on 5/30/2014 7:48:49 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. Wearables seem very blah to me. It's barely more compelling than 3D TV IMO.

Ultimately, like most things, it will be a brand fad thing.

RE: Lemmings
By SpartanJet on 5/30/2014 12:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
I guess Apple, Google, LG, and all the others working on a smartwatch are lemmings too because Samsung and Sony beat them all.

RE: Lemmings
By atechfan on 5/30/2014 6:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft had a smart watch 10 years ago. But the tech wasn't ready then. They are not chasing any trend. Tablets and smartphones where also done by MS before Apple did them. But at the time, the tech did not allow thin, consumer friendly devices.

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