A new rumor out today is saying that Microsoft will launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. This information lines up with previous rumors that said the company's wearable device would debut around the October timeframe.
The information comes from Forbes, who are still saying that the device, which will be a smartwatch, will boast battery life of more than two days under normal use. Additionally, the device will track your heart rate and work with multiple platforms too.
It's that second bit of information that we had heard before, and it makes a lot of sense. Seeing that Windows Phone doesn't have a large slice of the market, by making it work with all platforms, it opens up the device to millions of more users.
Like many recent Microsoft projects, the company is said to have reached across its engineering team to tap into internal expertise for the software that will be utilized. The report states that optical engineers from the Kinect division, designers, and data scientists, have created a software that will be used for the device.
Wearables have become a big trend recently with the likes of Fitbits and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watches making lots of noise in the emerging market. Apple has shown off its play for the wearable segment and there is another obvious player with Google Glass.
For Microsoft, this will not be their first attempt at a smartwatch; many years ago, the company had its SPOT (smart personal object technology) software built into the devices. While we expect a much more advanced user interface and more modern design with the new watch, the principles of the device remain largely unchanged.
While we wait to see what Microsoft has up its sleeve, according to this rumor, we shouldn't have to wait all that long.