We have been reporting and covering rumors of Microsoft's smartwatch from many months. We saw many patent filling that indicated that Microsoft is working on wearable tech. Today a rumor is making the rounds that Microsoft's smartwatch will come this October with eleven sensors, open APIs and more.
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.
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 11 sensors.
- Includes chips from TI and Atmel.
- Launch in October.
- Will launch with open APIs and has a slick UI.
The folks at Tom's Hardware are also reporting that the cross-platform compatibility means you'll be able to buy this device and use it with Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Which would actually be a really good move for Microsoft and one that would help differentiate against competitors. Consumers would be more likely to be a smartwatch if it didn't lock them into one ecosystem.
Anyways, some interesting stuff to think about this weekend. Do you already have a smartwatch or fitness tracker?
Source: Tom's Hardware