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Microsoft's wearable device is said to be priced around $200

Well-connected Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrott has some information on the Redmond, Washington-based company's rumored entry into the burgeoning market of wearable devices. Google has its Android Wear platform, Samsung has smartwatches based on Tizen and Apple is reportedly preparing its own “iWatch,” which will reportedly be revealed this fall.
 
Microsoft’s entry into the wearables market is said to provide “smartphone-based notifications” and will work with any major smartphone platform (Window Phone, Android, iOS, etc.) without any restrictions. In addition, Thurrott says that Microsoft’s device will be more of a wristband than an actual smartwatch, although it will provide a display that shows the current time.

 
The wearable device is also said to include a plethora of sensors to measure your heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken. The information gleaned from the wearable device would also interface with such Microsoft apps/services as Bing Health and Healthvault.
 
According to Thurrott, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering will be priced around $200 and will be available in Q4.

Sources: Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, U.S. Patent Office



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RE: ok
By inighthawki on 7/2/2014 9:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
Probably depends on lifestyle. I too am not very interested in these technologies. The idea of a smartwatch sounds pretty dumb to me. I have an actual watch for the time, and such a small display could never provide me with any useful information or ability that I would not rather be doing directly on my phone.

However there are a lot of people that benefit from fitness tracking devices, and I'm sure there are things a smartwatch could do that I'm not thinking of (or wouldn't normally care about) that others would find invaluable based on their daily routines.

I won't discount their potential usefulness, but I'm also not very impressed by what they can do.


RE: ok
By peterrushkin on 7/2/2014 11:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, these hipsters from Cali are everywhere nowadays, down-rating everything they don't like! Please stop migrating, we all know you want to turn the US into another bankrupt state like your homeland!

Like you, I see these as pointless. I'll be saving my collective $1700.

What I would buy however. Is a combination of the AI in "her" and also having glasses which would overlay AR into my vision. Now that would be cool.

It's a shame thats a few years away. The AI at least ;)


RE: ok
By StevoLincolnite on 7/3/2014 5:32:50 AM , Rating: 2
If I can display some sort of a Geocaching map on it, then I'll be all over it like flies to poop.

Conversely, having a calorie counter would be awesome.


RE: ok
By Flunk on 7/3/2014 7:57:20 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe the gen 2 or 3 product will be more compelling. Right now the whole thing seems to be a cynical attempt to wring more money out of us, like "3D" TV.


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