Last month we reported that Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Glass project is under hold due to some reasons. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has stopped working on wearable as a whole. Today, IBTimes reported that Microsoft has been conducting secret UK trials of a wearable computer. This wearable device is not a glass, instead it is a wearable band, which delivers information and instructions to the user through an earpiece. It is developed in partnership with Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Guide Dogs UK to help blind people “see”. Microsoft started the testing with a group of eight blind people in Reading, Berkshire. One of them commented that this wearable device enables him to find his way around cities “as easily as anybody else”. It helps the blind people to navigate around complex buildings and public spaces. Tesco, Barclays, Costa Coffee, First Great Western and First Group are among ...

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  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 ...

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  Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. Forbes reported that it will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Venturebeat confirmed that the rumors and report from Forbes are true based on their sources. Venturebeat also reports that Microsoft’s HealthVault will become a key offering the upcoming Microsoft wearable product. Microsoft HealthVault helps you gather, store, use, and share health information for you and your family. Hundreds of apps and services can share the health related data directly to HealthVault. They also added that Microsoft is still months away from releasing its health wearable. Hopefully, Microsoft will release it before the end of this year! Source: Venturebeat   ...

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Yesterday, Sharp announced that they have developed the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over the conventional display shape concept that enables the creation of new display designs to match a variety of applications. Even though Sharp was focusing on these kind of displays in car dash boards, this advanced display technologies can be used in wearable devices with elliptical displays too. The good news is that Sharp is planning to enter mass-production stage for the Free-Form Display at the earliest possible date. Hopefully, the upcoming Microsoft Smart Watch will use these displays for highly custom designs! LCDs have contributed to the emergence and spread of a range of application products by offering not just display-related functions such as high brightness, wide viewing angle, high resolution, and superb color purity, but also by providing added value through, for example, greater environmental performance and a superior user interface thanks to touch-panel functions. In ...

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Xbox Fitness is a fitness training program available on Xbox One platform. It used Kinect 2.0 to deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. While Xbox 360 used used a library of 200 captured moves to track performance, Xbox Fitness uses a catalog of more than 2,000 moves. It is more accurate than ever. It can even measure user’s pulse using micro-fluctuations in the blood coursing through their face. Speaking to Polygon, Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios revealed that Microsoft may be expanding the Xbox fitness to other devices in the Microsoft eco-system. You could see Windows Phone as a potential device that could have Xbox Fitness and if Microsoft is working on some smartwatch, that could be even better device for Xbox Fitness. “We realize people don’t just do stuff inside the home,” he said. “We’re starting to, articulate ...

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