Report: Microsoft's Wearable Device Coming in Q4, Works with All Major Smartphone Platforms
July 2, 2014 6:35 PM
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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 “
,” 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
According to Thurrott, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering will be priced around $200 and will be available in Q4.
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7/3/2014 10:04:06 AM
Naw, kids have absolutely no interest in this kind of tech. Watches are pretty much aimed at older businessmen whose heyday was in the gadget heavy '90s and early '00s, and the people below them in the food chain who want their jobs whenever they get around to retiring. Everyone else is moving towards having fewer and more versatile devices that they have to spend less and less effort into charging or maintaining.
Look around the world. The general public does not wear watches, or smartwatches, or fitness gadgets. Heck, for that matter I know very few women who wear bracelets or other jewelry on a daily basis anymore when that was considered 'normal' 10 years ago. There are even several people I know who don't even bother to wear wedding rings anymore, and there is all sorts of social pressure for that tradition to overcome... so that means that the pressure to move away from wearables of any kind is pretty huge these days.
The idea that the mass public will willingly wear a smartwatch or other wrist-strap device seems silly and quaint. Sure, there will be a market for it; and when the watches cost $200+ there is sure to be profit in it. But as a whole this is going to be a big disappointment to companies hoping for this to be the 'next big thing'. Manufacturers loved the profit in smartphones, until the market started to saturate and they realized that smartphones replaced a heck of a lot more devices than they bargained for which bodes poorly for their future. Then it was that tablets were going to be their savior, but that market saturated extremely quickly. Now they are hoping for watches, and again the mass market is simply not there.
The movement in technology is invisibility. If you want to sell electronics, get into embedded systems that are hidden from the user. Get into cars. Get into home automation. Get into wireless data and power transmission. Get into sub-dermal computer tech (that will be huge!). Get into clothing-embedded tech. But if something has to be strapped on, or charged, or 'worn' outside of required clothing then it is not going to have a large following. The best technology is often the technology that you do not see, do not have to maintain, and do not have to interact with.
7/3/2014 11:19:57 AM
I see a ton of young people wearing watches all the time. I don't think it's as uncommon as you think, you might just have to go to the right places.
7/4/2014 12:36:56 PM
I live in a major metropolitan area and the only people I see wearing watches are showoff douchebags and old people.
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