Smart watch image from Microsoft patent filing
Microsoft is building a smart watch and thanks to the copious amount of rumors on the subject, this bit of information is taken as fact, rather than fiction. While we have not seen the watch leak in any pictures, yet, details about the device have surfaced recently.
Per the previous rumors, Forbes said its own unnamed sources stated that Microsoft’s smart watch will work with all the major smartphone platforms and will continuously monitor your heart rate. The battery life is said to be targeted at lasting two days without needing to be recharged.
Thanks to a new report from Toms Hardware, we now have a month for launch; the smartwatch is set to arrive in October. The information goes beyond the release date and says that it will feature a slimmer design than is what is currently on the market and have 11 different sensors. The rumored information also says that "the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside and says turning your palm up to look at the watch actually feels a lot more natural."
The October timeframe is a bit later than we had been hearing previously, which said late summer was the targeted release window. But, Microsoft has been known to launch hardware in the month of October, so the timing does not seem all that unusual.
This past week at Google IO, several vendors announced new smart watches, some of which are up for pre-order now. There is also Apple, too, who is said to be preparing a smartwatch. Knowing this, the smart watch market is about to become quite crowded and we will be very curious to see how Microsoft attempts to differentiate itself from the others.
Source: Toms Hardware