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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 marvdmartian on 7/3/2014 7:44:52 AM , Rating: 2
True, as it seems the only things these devices can do, is what the smart phone you're already carrying can do....including, telling you what time it is! Is it really so difficult to pull that phone out of your pocket? I know it's not difficult to carry it in an arm band (or your pocket) while working out, as I see 95% of the people in the gym doing just that.

I've got a digital watch that will give me a fairly accurate heart rate, do lap timing, alarms....oh yeah, and tell me the time, too! It won't give me the weather, or tell me who just e-mailed me....but it cost me less than $20. Think I'll stick with that one!

RE: ok
By Labotomizer on 7/3/2014 9:13:43 AM , Rating: 2
Some of us like nice watches. While I haven't seen a smartwatch that I want yet I'm not going to rule them out if they're something I think looks good enough to wear.

RE: ok
By marvdmartian on 7/3/2014 1:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
I won't disagree with you. But I think it's much more likely that Apple hinted at an "iWatch" type device, in a campaign of misinformation, to force their competitors to waste money on designing and producing their own devices, none of which will likely make a lick of money.

Could be, the fruity ones are quietly laughing their collective butts off.

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