Skip to comments.Microsoft patents uber-cool smartwatch (and unlike smart bra, this may actually hit the market)
Posted on 05/11/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
We've long known that Microsoft is working on a smart watch device, but we had no idea what to expect when it comes to design or features. Now, due to a patent filed by the software company back in 2012, and grant this week, this smart watch could turn out to be something special.
The diagrams show that this device will rely a lot on sensors that are designed to read heart rates among other things. Not surprising, because almost every current and future smart watch we know of are designed with reading the user's heart rate in mind. The big problem is current devices have failed to work properly, which makes us have less hope for the future.
Interestingly enough, it appears Microsoft will allow the ability to change the wristbands. The band itself is separate for the computing section of the smart watch. With a press of the button, both can be separated, which makes us wonder if Microsoft is aiming for something that is fashionable where users can choose different color wristbands.
This could be a splendid idea if it does come to fruition. Instead of having to purchase another Microsoft smart watch to get a hold of that color you've always wanted, just purchase the wristband itself. It allows for customization and cash savings.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, this device from Microsoft appears to be charged via a dock, which also functions as a stand. We envision many persons using to the dock to stand their smart watch on their desk at work or the office at home.
We're not sure of the software Microsoft plans to implement in this smart watch, but chances are it could be a version of Windows 8. Back at the company's Build 2014 event, an initiative called Windows on Devices was shown off, it is a Windows software designed for smart devices such as watches and in-car radio.
An altered version of this software could do wonders on a smart watch device, but that's if Microsoft doesn't screw it up first.
We don't expect Microsoft travel this route alone. We believe the company might release the first smart watch device to give partners an idea of how to move forward before opening the floodgates. Then again, it is also possible for Microsoft to travel this road by its lonesome since it now owns Nokia's hardware business, thus meaning Microsoft now has the power to become the next Apple.
I gave up watches decades ago. In between, if I wanted to know the time, I look at my phone. Have no need for body wear devices - I hate my glasses and if my eyes weren’t getting better each time as I age, I’d get that whatever laser stuff done.
The only add-on now I tolerate is a gun and holster. This smart watch? Not for me at all. Google glasses? Hell no.
It will warn you when your BP gets too high from seeing the BSOD on your computer.
Well that didn't take long.
I don’t see it either. Like you I quit wearing a watch years ago and have seen nothing compelling in these smart watches to make me go back. One of the complaints of the smart phone is small screen size, hard to see. I don’t see this improving with a watch with a smaller yet screen.
Yeah, and give it six months until it starts nagging you about installing SP1.
Reminds me of the Sun Microsystems film clip at COMDEX with a faux Jacques Cousteau narrating his adventures into the ocean depths, using his new high technology Microsoft depth gauge and timepiece, .....when SUDDENLY DISASTER STRIKES!!!!
the next scene is the wet-suited diver descending face up into unconsciously into the deep kelp....
Are you suggesting the smartwatch has more “support” than the smartbra?
I got an iPad because I couldn’t see the screen on my phone well enough. I have never worn a watch. This definitely isn’t for me. lol
I bought a really cool watch about 3 months ago off of eBay. I really thought it’d be nice to start wearing a watch again.
I haven’t worn that watch in two months. With a smartphone, there just isn’t any reason to do so.
Doe it come with a magnifying glass so you can read it.
Funny. Good one.
I wear a Timex, with hands. No thanks.
Rolex, along with Omega and Breitling; real watches. My Omega is up 150 percent in value.
I bought a Geneva at the PX in RVN. When it stopped working I threw it away! DOH! I didn’t realize what I had done until years later. I bought my 2 tone Sub for $3750.00, full pop, at a jewelry store in Honolulu 25 years ago. People say they don’t keep good time but mine is accurate to within a couple of seconds a month.
My Milgauss is selling about the same. Now if I could find a buyer. I never wear the thing.
I wear a watch, and don’t carry a phone.
I'd rather wear a watch than be tethered to a phone.
It's just too easy to ignore people that are right in front of you when you have easy access to a "cool" phone.
(Plus there's the cool factor of pocket-watches; I lost mine in a move — maybe I should get a new one…)
I’ve gone back to wearing a watch as a way of freeing myself from my phone. No way I want my phone on my wrist!
I have my grandfather’s silver pocket watch made by Illinois....used to be a very accurate watch with good resolution on the dial and second hand. However, the speed adjustment inside is max to the fastest time and it’s still slow. I guess the spring is worn out. I’d get it fixed if there were some who could fix it, but most jewelers today can’t really do that kind of work, or don’t want to.
I’m mostly retired now and don’t really feel ‘tethered’.
I am especially happy when my two youngest grand daughters (the third, oldest is 10 now and not so much into it - with me anyway) are allowed to play with mommy’s iPhone and I get texts, calls, and Facetimes from them.
My ‘internal’ clock is really about all I need. Wake up automatically at 4 AM every morning....the rest of the time? Don’t really need it per se. There’s too much time all around us every day now. Computers, phones, radio, TV etc..
I look at it this way - Obama and his entire government ignore deadlines, red lines and fine lines so why should I give it any more attention than they?
My basic cell phone has a clock, calendar, stop watch, Alarm, camera, texting, a browser I can't see to use, music player, and can be uploaded and downloaded on my computer. Why would I need a Winders Watch? LOL Are they counting on almost MS cult fans who would by a number 2 wooden pencil if it had the MS logo on it?
Nice. I work on the Internet all day, so I try to minimize my connected time otherwise.
Yeah, smartphones struck a death blow to watches both cheap and expensive. Wanna know the time, look at your phone.
Looks like a stupid idea!