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Microsoft patents uber-cool smartwatch (and unlike smart bra, this may actually hit the market)
Tech Times ^ | 05/11/2014 | By Vamien McKalin,

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; patent; smartwatch

A new patent filed from 2012 by Microsoft has proven that the software company is hard at work on its own smart watch device. It appears Microsoft doesn't want to play second fiddle this time around.
(Photo : United States Patent and Trademark Office)
1 posted on 05/11/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 05/11/2014 8:11:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Frankly,
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.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 8:14:05 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

It will warn you when your BP gets too high from seeing the BSOD on your computer.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 8:16:09 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind; Swordmaker; SunkenCiv

Well that didn't take long.

5 posted on 05/11/2014 8:17:24 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Gaffer

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.


6 posted on 05/11/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah, and give it six months until it starts nagging you about installing SP1.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 8:34:31 AM PDT by Viking2002
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To: martin_fierro

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....


8 posted on 05/11/2014 8:41:51 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The heart rate monitor part would be nice but changing bands? My watchband is gold, it goes with everything.
9 posted on 05/11/2014 8:48:28 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SeekAndFind

Are you suggesting the smartwatch has more “support” than the smartbra?


10 posted on 05/11/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

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


11 posted on 05/11/2014 8:52:14 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

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.


12 posted on 05/11/2014 8:52:55 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Obamanomics Phase II - kill the survivors.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doe it come with a magnifying glass so you can read it.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 8:54:37 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: G Larry
Are you suggesting the smartwatch has more “support” than the smartbra?

Funny. Good one.

14 posted on 05/11/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wear a Timex, with hands. No thanks.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 9:18:02 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, but will it be worth more than you paid for it in 20 years? More importantly, will it still work?


16 posted on 05/11/2014 10:00:51 AM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Chuckster

Rolex, along with Omega and Breitling; real watches. My Omega is up 150 percent in value.


17 posted on 05/11/2014 10:27:23 AM PDT by Ace's Dad (Proud grandpa of a newly born "Brit Chick" named Poppy Loucks!)
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To: Ace's Dad

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.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 11:11:02 AM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Ace's Dad

My Milgauss is selling about the same. Now if I could find a buyer. I never wear the thing.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 11:33:41 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Gaffer

I wear a watch, and don’t carry a phone.


20 posted on 05/11/2014 8:06:54 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Gaffer
I gave up watches decades ago.

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…)

21 posted on 05/12/2014 12:35:22 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Gaffer

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!


22 posted on 05/12/2014 12:40:25 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: OneWingedShark

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.


23 posted on 05/12/2014 12:53:21 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


24 posted on 05/12/2014 12:57:07 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ansel12

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?


25 posted on 05/12/2014 1:00:25 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind
I can hear the conversation in the R&D department brainstorming meetings now. Well we screwed up royally with Windows 8 so what can we create next that will be a real winner? Seriously they need to get back to what they used to be fairly decent at which was creating Operating Systems. They can start with undoing the mess they created with W8.

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?

26 posted on 05/12/2014 1:12:45 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: Gaffer

Nice. I work on the Internet all day, so I try to minimize my connected time otherwise.


27 posted on 05/12/2014 1:27:27 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: reagan_fanatic

Yeah, smartphones struck a death blow to watches both cheap and expensive. Wanna know the time, look at your phone.


28 posted on 05/12/2014 1:30:12 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like a stupid idea!


29 posted on 05/12/2014 2:14:39 AM PDT by dalereed
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