or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Microsoft rumored to be working on touch-enabled 'smart watch' designs
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Microsoft rumored to be working on touch-enabled 'smart watch' designs

post #1 of 59
Thread Starter 
Coming amidst rumors of so-called "smart watch" products from Apple and Samsung, software giant Microsoft is now said to be mulling an entrance into the still nascent wearable computing device sector with designs of its own.

Suunto
Exammple of a Suunto-built watch running Microsoft's now-defunct SPOT platform.


Executives at Microsoft's Asian suppliers told The Wall Street Journal that the company is working on designs for a touch-enabled "watch-style" product, and requested shipments of 1.5-inch displays for internal testing earlier this year.

One executive reportedly met Microsoft's R&D team at the firm's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., but offered no specifics regarding the watch's feature set. It remains unknown if the product will even move out of the prototyping stage.

As noted by the publication, the rumored device would be Microsoft's second attempt smart watch initiative, the first being an offshoot of the Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) platform for which watchmakers like Suunto, Fossil and Swatch made products until 2008. The program, launched in 2004, was subsequently adopted in a wider range of electronics including GPS units, and sent weather, traffic and other data from MSN Direct servers to devices over FM radio broadcasts. The service cost $59 per year.

Apple and Samsung are said to be preparing smart watch devices which are said to communicate wirelessly with the companies' respective smartphone offerings. While information regarding Apple's supposed offering has only been whispers and speculation, Samsung went so far as to announce they are actively working on a such a product, having worked on it "for so long." In addition, Google and LG are also rumored to be preparing branded smart watches, suggesting the industry could see a major boom in the coming months.

Today's news points to a possible expansion of Microsoft's first-party computer hardware offerings, with the company perhaps looking to build on the moderate success of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. The stripped-down RT launched in October, followed by the Pro in February, with combined sales reaching a total of 1.5 million units. The company is also thought to be readying a 7-inch Surface to cash in on the growing popularity of small form factor tablets like Apple iPad mini.
post #2 of 59

Of course they are.
 

Hmmmmmm...
Reply
Hmmmmmm...
Reply
post #3 of 59
I'm gonna laugh my ass off if Apple has been leaking smart watch "info" to let Samsung and MS zig while it zags 1smile.gif
post #4 of 59

Who the **** isn't rumored to be working on a smart watch now? I wouldn't be surprised if my cat was working on one. 

 

Also, if this is true, it doesn't matter who comes out with it first, or how similar the concepts are. It only matters who does it right, and I know which company I would bet on. 

post #5 of 59

And… all of them will wait until Apple release their smartwatch. (you know what i mean - copy quick copy quick)

 

Apple should challenge all of them to release theirs before they unveil their iWatch. 

post #6 of 59
I agree with mazda 3s, it will be wonderful to find out that Apple has no watch in mind at all, and rather that they've been leaking out disinformation, while re-inventing something totally different. And I don't mean TV. I mean, maybe a novel type of non-gasoline engine for automobiles (maybe enven an entire automobile company to market the engine), or a re-invented Segway-style personal transportation device, or a new kind of espresso machine, or a 3-D printer, or a new form of exercise/workout device, or a new line of ergonomic footwear, or something medical-related, such as artificial heart or kidney, or a new type of dialysis device. Apple Inc has a lot of talent, and I'm sure they've got lots of ideas that we can't anticipate. Meanwhile, if they can occupy Samsung and MS with the idea of a timepeice, to keep them busy.... brilliant!
post #7 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


As noted by the publication, the rumored device would be Microsoft's second attempt smart watch initiative, the first being an offshoot of the Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) platform for which watchmakers like Suunto, Fossil and Swatch made products until 2008. 

 

 

This is would not be the second, but a third attempt by Microsoft! Remember the Timex Data Link? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink

 

I used to have one. It was fun pointing it at the monitor to transfer data. It even had wristapps! With a cult following, this one was not a failure though. Of course SPOT was a disaster!

post #8 of 59
It better be fcuken beige, Ballmer. Or I ain't buying !
post #9 of 59
Finally I can pump out those Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and Word documents while I'm out and about...
Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
Reply
Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
Reply
post #10 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post


Your username is most amusing!

Surprisingly, I'm not even a Trekkie.
Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
Reply
Pot is legal in North Korea.
That explains a considerable amount.

"The United States will respond proportionally at a place and time we choose..."
Reply
post #11 of 59
Maybe I'm different but....

I hate wearing watches.

I also think that nowadays, the watch wearing crowd has been shrinking since we all have clocks in our pockets via any phone. Ask Casio, Timex, Swatch, how their business was disrupted by mobile phones.

The connected watch is NOT going to be the "next big thing" regardless if its Apple, MS, Google, or Samsung. It's not going to be a revolution like MP3 players, or current smartphones.
post #12 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spacepower View Post

Maybe I'm different but....

I hate wearing watches.

I also think that nowadays, the watch wearing crowd has been shrinking since we all have clocks in our pockets via any phone. Ask Casio, Timex, Swatch, how their business was disrupted by mobile phones.

The connected watch is NOT going to be the "next big thing" regardless if its Apple, MS, Google, or Samsung. It's not going to be a revolution like MP3 players, or current smartphones.

Yea matey, many have posted in other threads about the same.
I think the idea of a smart watch is a dog.
But, I could be surprised. If any company can make this work it will be Apple.
I like the leaked tech theory.
post #13 of 59

Will it have a kick-stand? If so I will be in line for one!  /s
 

post #14 of 59
They completely miss judged it and must follow apple.When iPhone 5 released what i found is weird resolution 1136x640,and everybody(me too but not now) starts criticizing for looking like long remote,but when first iwatch patent filing came out ,i found criticized resolution is turned out to be priceless later.That weird 1136x640 resolution is perfectly matches iwatch patented(band like).I think apple saved most time by not developing different resolution for two different products which is turned out to be best idea after being heavily criticized.I think so called killer app apple working is being able to run both iPhone 5 and iwatch no need to spend time two different resolution and testing it ..Also Benefit is with developer,they no need to develop app for two different resolution.i think other will be two behind apple in smart watch..i think apple is so smart in choosing that resolution even being get heavily criticized and marketed as one hand use but one handed use will be iwatch but no wonder if they get prized for it by the same people who trolled apple....lol.gif

No wonder if apple working on bigger and broad phone...
Edited by Selva Raj - 4/14/13 at 11:47pm
post #15 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fotoformat View Post

Will it have a kick-stand? If so I will be in line for one!  /s

 

Im in a privileged position to answer this for you :-)
Yes it will !

A very very small one.
post #16 of 59

Here's the thing...

 

even if microsoft or anyone else brings something like this out, it won't have the wide range of goodies to connect with like Apple does.

 

Imagine using the iWatch as a remote for your Apple TV ?

 

What about content from iTunes? Can't do that with Microsoft product (yes, I know microsoft have something similar, but really, you get my point)

 

What about shared calendars, to do etc between iOS devices, Mac OS and all the other wonderfully shared stuff that Apple already have numerous products for?

 

I understand that Microsoft are trying very hard to do the same thing with Surface etc, but the reality is, too little too late and Apple just simply do it better, because they control all the hardware and software across the whole suite (desktop, laptop, portable devices)

 

And even then, if someone else manages to bring out the whole suite and make them all happy together, they will still lack the already existing global distribution and support that Apple have established over the last 5 years or so. Sumsung has also tried with Samsung stores, but if they are anything like my customer experience with Samsung, they are in deep doo doo - WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER! And this was with an expensive TV under warranty!

 

I've been a fan of Apple products since the late 70's and I think they've finally got it right. Now all they need to do is keep innovating. So, iWatch, please have a heart rate monitor, bluetooth, have enough memory for a decent amount tunes, apps and content, a decent battery so you can have plenty of up time, easy charging and most of all, that beautiful elegance that your iMac so proudly displays.

post #17 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobM View Post

It better be fcuken beige, Ballmer. Or I ain't buying !

LOL

 


 

I'm mostly impatient to use a good smartwatch for navigation and quick internet searches. I hope they build a search database more solid than ever.

post #18 of 59
Prepare the photocopiers!
Photocopiers standing by.
post #19 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spacepower View Post

The connected watch is NOT going to be the "next big thing" regardless if its Apple, MS, Google, or Samsung. It's not going to be a revolution like MP3 players, or current smartphones.

 

"The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a 'mouse'. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices."

 

San Francisco Examiner, John C. Dvorak, 19 Feb. 1984

post #20 of 59

Please. This is a rumor site, i know. But there is limit for nonsense.

No?

post #21 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobM View Post


Yea matey, many have posted in other threads about the same.
I think the idea of a smart watch is a dog.
But, I could be surprised. If any company can make this work it will be Apple.
I like the leaked tech theory.

 

I don't find the idea appealing either, but I'll withhold any predictions until there's an actual product to praise or criticize.

post #22 of 59
Yea and there's a tiny, tiny keyboard that attaches to the side of the watch.
Edited by stniuk - 4/15/13 at 7:34am
post #23 of 59
The Sacamsung model will of couse be six inches in diameter.
From Apple ][ - to new Mac Pro I've used them all.
Long on AAPL so biased
"Google doesn't sell you anything, they just sell you!"
Reply
From Apple ][ - to new Mac Pro I've used them all.
Long on AAPL so biased
"Google doesn't sell you anything, they just sell you!"
Reply
post #24 of 59

-or buy a decent Seiko

post #25 of 59
The problem with a "smart" watch from any company is that a watch is a piece of jewelry. It's fashion that goes far beyond what iPhone users show when holding their phones. Asking someone to wear something that will be the exact same thing 100 million other people have is going to be a tough sell, in my opinion.
post #26 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmgregory1 View Post

The problem with a "smart" watch from any company is that a watch is a piece of jewelry. It's fashion that goes far beyond what iPhone users show when holding their phones. Asking someone to wear something that will be the exact same thing 100 million other people have is going to be a tough sell, in my opinion.

That's why there are a zillion iPhone cases out there.

Perhaps we'll go back to something like this to dress up your iWatch...

You know... an accessory for your accessory 1wink.gif

post #27 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

I agree with mazda 3s, it will be wonderful to find out that Apple has no watch in mind at all, and rather that they've been leaking out disinformation, while re-inventing something totally different. And I don't mean TV. I mean, maybe a novel type of non-gasoline engine for automobiles (maybe enven an entire automobile company to market the engine), or a re-invented Segway-style personal transportation device, or a new kind of espresso machine, or a 3-D printer, or a new form of exercise/workout device, or a new line of ergonomic footwear, or something medical-related, such as artificial heart or kidney, or a new type of dialysis device. Apple Inc has a lot of talent, and I'm sure they've got lots of ideas that we can't anticipate. Meanwhile, if they can occupy Samsung and MS with the idea of a timepeice, to keep them busy.... brilliant!
WTF ???
post #28 of 59

Technology has come a long way since 2004-08, they should be able to do something way better now.

post #29 of 59

I guess Microsoft wont be sitting back waiting to see what happens. You can say Apple will make a smart glove and every company will have a smart glove in development. Gone are the good old days of CEOs saying crap like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eywi0h_Y5_U&sns=em

post #30 of 59

Is this the Motorola Q phone for $99 Balmer was talking about? "It do music, do internet, do email, and do instant messaging". LOL he loves their strategy

post #31 of 59

Hell, I went to a seance last night and my dead mama said she was working on a smart watch too. Damn mama! Rest in peace girl!

post #32 of 59

things have really picked up MS. well done

 

at least they are not waiting 3-4 years now to announce they are copying the others.

 

keep her lit, Balmer

post #33 of 59
Samsung's first watch will look exactly like the Blackberry watch. Then they will switch to a look that copies the Apple watch exactly, using Google's gWatch software. GWatch will violate every Apple patent. Steve Ballmer will laugh and do nothing for 6 years then release Windows 10 that uses an all new watch user interface. Nobody will buy it.
Edited by jd_in_sb - 4/15/13 at 6:02am

Please update the AppleInsider app to function in landscape mode.

Reply

Please update the AppleInsider app to function in landscape mode.

Reply
post #34 of 59

Have not worn a watch for 15 years, and a few years ago my family got me the coolest watch, but still don't wear it very much, my iPhone has replaced this for me. So will be very surprised if there is that much of a market for this.

post #35 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post

I agree with mazda 3s, it will be wonderful to find out that Apple has no watch in mind at all, and rather that they've been leaking out disinformation, while re-inventing something totally different. And I don't mean TV. I mean, maybe a novel type of non-gasoline engine for automobiles (maybe enven an entire automobile company to market the engine), or a re-invented Segway-style personal transportation device, or a new kind of espresso machine, or a 3-D printer, or a new form of exercise/workout device, or a new line of ergonomic footwear, or something medical-related, such as artificial heart or kidney, or a new type of dialysis device. Apple Inc has a lot of talent, and I'm sure they've got lots of ideas that we can't anticipate. Meanwhile, if they can occupy Samsung and MS with the idea of a timepeice, to keep them busy.... brilliant!


No chance in hell.

Social Capitalist, dreamer and wise enough to know I'm never going to grow up anyway... so not trying anymore.

 

http://m.ign.com/articles/2014/07/16/7-high-school-girls-are-kickstarting-their-awa...

Reply

Social Capitalist, dreamer and wise enough to know I'm never going to grow up anyway... so not trying anymore.

 

http://m.ign.com/articles/2014/07/16/7-high-school-girls-are-kickstarting-their-awa...

Reply
post #36 of 59
I heard that 7-11 is going to give away smart watches with every large Slurpee and that Kellogg's and Post are fighting to see who gets to be the first to put one into cereal boxes...........
post #37 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

The Sacamsung model will of couse be six inches in diameter.

 

"...and run software that won't sync with most of the flavors of android os devices"
 

post #38 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by freediverx View Post

 

"The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a 'mouse'. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices."

 

San Francisco Examiner, John C. Dvorak, 19 Feb. 1984

 

I don't have a definite opinion on whether smart-watches will catch on or not (although, they have a much greater chance of success than Glass-like products, which are DOA for general consumer acceptance), but, the fact that someone once made an incorrect prediction has no bearing on other predictions of success or failure. The fact that Dvorak was wrong is even less relevant.

post #39 of 59
Ahhh.... It is all beginning to make sense...

Like many here, I was under the impression that the "MS" name was a portmanteau of "Microcomputer" and "Software"....

In reality, "MS" is an acronym for MineShaft...

And our big friend up north is concerned about a MineShaft gap...

Apple is Doomsdayed™
Edited by Dick Applebaum - 4/15/13 at 8:16am
"Swift generally gets you to the right way much quicker." - auxio -

"The perfect [birth]day -- A little playtime, a good poop, and a long nap." - Tomato Greeting Cards -
Reply
"Swift generally gets you to the right way much quicker." - auxio -

"The perfect [birth]day -- A little playtime, a good poop, and a long nap." - Tomato Greeting Cards -
Reply
post #40 of 59

What I know from my own experience, is that if a smartwatch has to be recharged all the time, it quickly becomes too annoying to take care of.

 

In the past, that has led to colorful touch watches that last about a day, or B&W button driven ones that last longer.  

 

Perhaps adding kinetic or thermoelectric generators might help.  Or some kind of quick inductive charger.

 

PS.  I think Apple would not call it a "watch", but perhaps something more like  "amulet", to give it a different and more exotic flavor.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Discussion
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Microsoft rumored to be working on touch-enabled 'smart watch' designs