Another Report Claims That Upcoming Microsoft Wearable Device Is A Smart Band, Not Smart Watch

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Microsoft Smart Watch
In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about Microsoft developing its own smart watch. WSJ reported that Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers as per an executive at a component supplier. Another report claimed that Microsoft’s smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes were reported to be made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. This reported smartwatch will work not only with Windows Phone devices, but with other Android and iOS devices as well.

Recently, Tom’s Hardware reported some new information about Microsoft’s Smartwatch(they claim it to be smart band). The device is cross-platform compatible and the display of the device will be on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside. It will look like a Slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband. It includes 10 sensors and is powered by chips from TI and Atmel. Launch is expected in October with Open APIs for developers.

Today, Winsupersite reported some information based on their sources,

  • Microsoft will release Samsung Gear Fit-like fitness band this fall.
  • This can display smart phone-based notifications.
  • It will work with all smartphone platforms. iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
  • Pricing will be around $199.
  • The device is focused on fitness with integration into Bing Health and Fitness app and Microsoft HealthVault.
  • Will be on sale in Q4 2014.

Sounds cool! How many of you want such device?

Source: Winsupersite

 

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  • jaylyric

    Sounds cool.. Personally I think if this is the case,I hope that there’s this and a “watch” as well. I want a stylish design sort of Moto 360 like,but not as cheap looking. Don’t get me wrong,the 360 nice,but when I saw the Kairos smartwatch it raised the bar.. lol

  • Davey

    Not really. I was more hoping for a Moto 360 type of device. Making a fitness centric device limits the market.

  • Bchau

    I have been hoping for a smartwatch that can make phone calls on its own. Then I would ditch my phone and just have the smartwatch and an 8 inches tablet wherever I go.

  • LexicoRed

    What exciting about this news is that it will be cross platform, it is another positive indicator that MSFT now understand the limited future of building hardware is secondary to software and services.

  • Christian

    that’s too bad. i needed a gadget that shows the time, lets me read SMSs, responds to them (though im not expecting reply by texting, more of voice replies), sees when someone is calling and lets me answer, decline, or respond with SMS, lets me play and control music, and even lets me see other notifications (not necessarily show the content, but just a heads up that i received one)

    i was waiting for that for a long time! i’m tired of a watch that only shows the time. i needed a watch that can serve me more … :