Microsoft Looking to Join the Smart Watch Race

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    With rumors of an Apple smart watch ramping up over the past few months, a number of other companies have also reportedly been working on their own projects involving watches and other wearable devices. Last month, both Samsung and Google were reported to be working on their own projects, and now The Wall Street Journal indicates that Microsoft is also exploring the possibility of a smart watch.
    The report notes that this is not Microsoft's first foray into smart watch technology, with the company having launched its Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) platform in 2004 through partnerships with watch companies such as Fossil and Suunto.

    Those watches, which received data through Microsoft's MSN Direct FM radio-based service, were discontinued by 2008, but the idea of smart watches is experiencing a rebirth as companies look to make the experience of today's mobile devices even more "personal".

    (Image: Suunto's n3 smart watch from 2004, based on Microsoft's SPOT technology)

    Article Link: Microsoft Looking to Join the Smart Watch Race
     
  2. komodrone, Apr 14, 2013
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    Run your desktop apps on your PC/Tablet AND your watch!
     
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    Will it tell time?
     
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    lol and the desktops will use the same UI as the new Microsoft watch!

    On a side note, PERFECT PICTURE LOL
     
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    Blue screen of death.

    Anytime.

    Anywhere.
     
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    They may join the race now but they'll still be five to ten years behind Apple, as usual.....
     
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    Finally, BSOD's available on your nearby wrist.
     
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    Oh Boy

    I hope that it doesn't run Windows! So now you will get to enjoy useless blue screen errors on your watch too, more crap that I'll have to support. Microsoft is really lacking on innovation these days, they need to get rid of all the old people they have running operations and get some younger folks with different ideas in there.

    -Mike
     
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    Race? Seems more like a Death March.
     
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    I heard Apple will be releasing the smart toilet. I think M$ will follow with Windows #2
     
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    Sad that the state of tech companies are now in a race to make a watch.
     
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    Im still waiting for a legit smart tv.
     
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    You know I'm sure that was said about cellphones and music players in the past. Watches could be the next big thing. Steve Jobs was bold enough to take risks with Apple's directions on their products. It could be the next billion dollar thing. Or it might flop. Who's to say...?
     
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    Will it always need Internet connectivity like the new Xbox?
     
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    I haven't worn a watch since 2002.
     
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    No, fair! You beat me to it.

    But at least now instead of a harsh blue it will just frown at you.
     
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    Only with the Ultimate version.
     
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    Serious why do Apple fans have this obsession with the blue screen of death? I haven't encountered one on Windows for years.

    On topic, I just can't see any of these smart watches really being any more than a niche market.
     
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    ... Much like everything Microsoft does, this will of course run full desktop software including Word and Excel. :rolleyes:
     
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    Im making it clear right now that I believe there is no future in smart watches. Whatever those may be
     
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    I got a few a months ago (from Bing.com of all things). I saw my friend get one two days ago.
     
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    Basic economics...

    First Apple built computers. They were big expensive boxes, then the made phones. These were cheaper and smaller and next wil be watches. They will be cheaper and smaller than phones

    At each step downward the number of units sold goes up dramatically. Apple will follow the numbers but, I as a customer would prefer to see Apple smaller and go back to serving creative professionals

    Every time they go after more unit sales they dumb down and cheapen the product. Notice the move to glossy screens.

    Expect in 10 years the "smart earring"
     
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    zWatch

    Where "z" stands for Zune.
     
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    I want the Courier more than their smart watch or anything else Microsoft chooses to copy.
     

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