Microsoft smartwatch rumours surface again
We have previously talked about an upcoming Microsoft smartwatch here on TechAssimilate. In early May we saw the blueprints for a Microsoft smartwatch in the US patent document which showed a fitness-focussed device with biometric measurement and monitoring hardware. It was described by Microsoft as a portable information system and the face docked into the strap-body.
Syncs with iPhones and Android smartphones too
Now Forbes Magazine is claiming an ‘exclusive’ about Microsoft’s upcoming wrist wearable as it has learned from its sources that it will be the first widely compatible smartwatch available. It is said to be happy to sync with iPhones, Android and even, yes Windows Phones. This manoeuvre is said to have been foretold by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella telling attendees at a conference earlier in the week that Microsoft needs to be on “all devices” in order to build “the next big thing”.
Another interesting insight into Microsoft’s smartwatch, from the multiple sources talking to Forbes, is that “the device will draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division to continuously measure heart rate through the day and night”. Another practical detail is that the Microsoft smartwatch is thought to have enough juice to run for two days between charges. That’s quite acceptable at this time in smartwatch development.
A flood of smartwatches on the way
As we’ve said before the smartwatches already on the market haven’t made much of a dent in consumer adoption but there’s a lot of new devices coming shortly like the LG G Watch and Moto 360 running Android Gear and the Apple iWatch, also in the news today. Don’t forget that we are going to be flooded with wearable tech next week at the Computex Taipei 2014 show, according to show organisers.
Will Apple be the ones to really make a consumer adoption breakthrough? It seems to be so as it’s asked its manufacturing partners to ready themselves for orders of the magnitude of 18-21 million units for the second half of this year! I’m looking forward to seeing what will be on offer from Cupertino but I am also enthusiastic for what Microsoft might be creating as I believe Redmond is on a roll with recent developments.