Report: Microsoft Working On Touch Enabled Smart Watch

Microsoft Smart Watch

Microsoft is not new to the world of smart watches. Microsoft introduced Smart Watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers. Those devices used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers.

Fast forward, it is now 2013. As companies like Sony, Motorola, Pebble are giving another try in Smart Watch category, there are rumors that Apple is working on a Smart Watch too. Today, WSJ reported that Microsoft is also working on a Smart Watch on its own.

Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said.

For its potential new watch prototype, Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers, said an executive at a component supplier.

Microsoft also is continuing to test its own smartphone, although it isn’t clear whether it will bring such a device to market, component suppliers said.

Read more about it at WSJ.

  • Alex

    This will only work if it’s a flexible screen design with an LTE band around the wrist band. If it has to be tethered to a Windows Phone for internet access, that’s a DOA.

  • NegLewis

    MS has a history with being “ahead of their time” and NOT thinking “outside the box”: See 2001 Tablet, watch, Cloud, Touch Enabled TV’s, Low Band Internet (TV Frequencies…) because of their R&D teams and “old” management …

    Create a functional device, opened, integrate with something.
    Think about recharging your watch 1-2 times a day… how it fells !?!
    Put a Real OS there. a 1GHz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 16+ GB flash (mp3, video, 1.x video camera, Radio FM, Bluetooth, WiFi (?).
    Slim body, True Low Power, 5+ days battery.

  • NGM123

    Oh dear, history repeating? Poor MS, first to market with a genius idea, they drop it because it doesn’t sell because they don’t market it, then they re-release the product long after everyone else and miss the boat. Sadly, it will have a terrible name and it will have 3% market share.
    Why?? Piss poor marketing, piss poor marketing and finally, piss poor marketing.

  • disqustingtard

    Aha the elusive 480×480 devices.

  • Kitab

    Bill Gates, for Nobel Peace Prize, because of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, not to mention the tech pioneering and giveaways to mankind.

    • J A

      I totally agree. All while Apple and Google continues to stuff earnings under their beds (while snickering/laughing at their sheepish fanbase) and even refusing to pay out dividends to investors causing them to be sued talkless of contributing to any cause.