Report: Microsoft’s Smartband Coming In October, Includes 11 Sensors And More

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.

Today, Tom’s Hardware reported some new information about Microsoft’s Smartwatch(they claim it to be smart band).

  • The device is cross-platform compatible.
  • The display of the device will be on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside.
  • Slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband.
  • Includes 10 sensors.
  • Includes chips from TI and Atmel.
  • Launch in October.
  • Will launch with open APIs and has a slick UI.

Sounds cool! What do you think of this smartband from Microsoft. Will you be interested in buying it?

Source: Tom’s Hardware

  • saqrkh

    I have this eerie feeling that we’ll see these fitness devices become music players soon. Not iPod or old school .mp3 player-like, but players for music services such as Xbox Music, Beats, etc.
    Imagine it automatically playing the playlists you created on your tablet, PC or phone, and with T-Mobile not counting streamed music against your data, a general “cloud-powered” device is becoming increasingly plausible.
    But music can be the first step. I strongly think Microsoft should develop such a smartband for use with Xbox Music. They can even team up with T-Mobile, tell them that this wearable will be the first useful thing they can offer for free or cheap with their plans or phones and tablets. With time the system can be evolved to push notifications, status updates, etc, from the cloud via a carrier’s data.

  • boohooboohooboo

    in for 1, sight unseen.

  • Davey

    Hmmm… I really don’t want a sports centric wearable for my Windows Phone.

  • Faragondk

    I just hope it works just as great on Windows Phone as on iPhone and Android. Microsoft doesn’t have the best track record with their WP apps so far.

  • Rikkirik

    Cross platform? Very wise and interesting strategy of Microsoft. Microsoft is doing the same with it’s “Carplay” technology, making it cross platform. Google and Apple’s smartwatch and health are tied to their other products. Health companies and carcompanies would prefer cross platform technologies if they deliver quality and work properly.

  • Segvien Eku

    All these smart watches are niche products, solutions looking for a problem. Rushing out with a product at this point is just reactionary & going to be a expensive mistake.

    • LexicoRed

      Yes you are correct but they will push cloud services and cross platform software further up the stack, which is where Microsoft is successful.