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Microsoft's Surface team working on 'translucent aluminum' smart watch - report

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As reports claim Apple is gearing up to launch a so-called "iWatch," another rumor claims that Microsoft is late enough in the development stage of its own smart watch that testing of the device has moved over to the company's Surface hardware development team.

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Artist's rendition of purported Apple smartwatch. | Source: Yrving Torrealba


Microsoft's Surface tablet team is now prototyping device hardware featuring Oxynitride Aluminum, or "transparent aluminum" that is three times harder than glass, according to a report from The Verge on Monday. The Redmond, Wash., company is reportedly requesting 1.5-inch displays from component manufacturers as it moves closer to releasing a wrist-worn accessory.

Prior to testing being handed over to the Surface team, Microsoft had been experimenting with smart watch concepts through the company's Xbox accessories team, the report said. The hardware purportedly runs a modified version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

A key component of Microsoft's alleged smart watch is said to be the concept of removable bands in a variety of colors. Early test hardware reportedly includes bands in blue, yellow, black, white and grey.

Prototype hardware is said to include as much as 6 gigabytes of internal storage, and even integrated LTE support for high-speed data connectivity on the go. That would be a major change from existing smart watches like the Pebble or MetaWatch, which rely on Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone for data.

The smart watch space has been heating up with options like the Pebble, MetaWatch, Sony SmartWatch 2, and I'm Watch. Reports have claimed that in addition to Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and LG are also working on new wrist-worn hardware accessories.

Apple has gone as far as to file for ownership of the product name "iWatch" in a number of countries around the world. That product is rumored to arrive in 2014.
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Ballmer's excited because it will run the full version of office. A true enterprise watch instead of just a consumption watch¡

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If they get it out in the market now, it could be discontinued before the iWatch is released :) 

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Their so-called smart watch won't be smart till they copy Apple .
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Great....fail.

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A key component of Microsoft's alleged smart watch is said to be the concept of removable bands in a variety of colors.

 

Really? That's what they are coming to the table with as a 'key component'? Ugh! 

 

With all these companies getting into the smart watch business, it seems like they will generate just enough awareness and interest for Apple to step into that space and dominate. 

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I wonder if Scotty gave that to them...

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"The competition was just flumoxed. They went back to the drawing boards they torn up their designs because they weren't competitive"

Steve Jobs comenting iPad sucess at iPad 2 introduction event.

Why I got a strong feeling it will happen again...
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I laugh when I read it will run Windows 8.
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Really? That's what they are coming to the table with as a 'key component'? Ugh! 

 

With all these companies getting into the smart watch business, it seems like they will generate just enough awareness and interest for Apple to step into that space and dominate. 

 

Put in sharp constrast the last Apple Ad on how the most important in their attitude is the power to say no.

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I laugh when I read it will run Windows 8.

Are they going to have to add micro-sized tiles so that you can have a dozen of them on the watch screen?

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I laugh when I read it will run Windows 8.

Me too, if it has a stop watch function I guess no one will be able to find the start and stop buttons then! LOL
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Microsoft's Surface tablet team is now prototyping device hardware featuring Oxynitride Aluminum, or "transparent aluminum" that is three times harder than glass, according to a report from The Verge on Monday. The Redmond, Wash., company is reportedly requesting 1.5-inch displays from component manufacturers as it moves closer to releasing a wrist-worn accessory.

 

I know where Microsoft got the transparent aluminum...

 

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What?!! No brown or green? I'm depressed!!

http://appleinsider.com/articles/07/10/03/microsoft_unveils_second_generation_of_zune_media_players

I'm sure the poop and vomit colors will come in time.

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I laugh when I read it will run Windows 8.

 

It will also feature a x86 CPU. With active cooling of course. ;-)

Naturally it will also include Microsoft Microscopic Live Tiles for Windows 8 Modern Style UI ™.

 

Rumors suggest the watch might hit the market later than initially planned, some time around fall 2014, since Microsoft engineers are currently hard at work trying to figure out how to integrate the control, alt and delete keys into the wristband. /s


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Oxynitride-Aluminum or transparent aluminum. An imaginary Star Trek technology becoming reality? Kirk and Spock would be proud! lol
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I wonder if Scotty gave that to them...

Maybe Microsoft is planning to save two humpback whales.
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Also not really aluminium at all.
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Maybe they should have made the surface worth buying before moving on to a new product?
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Great....fail.

If it turns opaque blue, it is a failure. You'll be instructed to "Contact your system administrator." Which is the standard Microsoft Windows solution to everything.

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I wonder if Scotty gave that to them...
Was thinking the same thing. 1tongue.gif
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I know where Microsoft got the transparent aluminum...



Lol i fogot he did it on a mac...
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I wonder if Scotty gave that to them...

 

"Would that be worth something to you laddy."

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Yet again, you Apple sheeple totally disgust me and you all fail to see the big picture here.

This Microsoft watch is going to be so much better than the Apple watch. I'll be preordering one as soon as they're available.

Will your Apple watch be able to run Office? I thought not.

Will your Apple watch be able to multitask and run 7 programs at once? I thought not. I can't wait to multitask on my MS watch and run 7 programs at once on the 1.6" screen. I heard that the battery life will only last for 37 minutes, but that's not really a problem, because a highly advanced user like myself will always carry at least seven spare batteries with me. I'm already used to schlepping around a few spare phone batteries with me, so what's a few more?

And will your Apple watch have a kickstand, so that when you remove it, you can rest it on a table? I thought not.

I can't wait to see the commercials for this MS watch. I hope that they use the same people from the Surface commercials because those were so great. I go to youtube at least once a day and watch them.

And lastly, will your Apple watch run Windows 8? I thought not. I'll be getting the 32 Gb version of the MS watch, and that'll give me 2.5 GBs of free space which should allow me to download plenty of apps, practically the entire appstore.

We'll see who gets the last laugh.
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Lol i fogot he did it on a mac...

 

Considering he's a brit he spelled it incorrectly also. 

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Considering he's a brit he spelled it incorrectly also. 

 

Not to nitpick, but James Doonan was Canadian.

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Considering he's a brit he spelled it incorrectly also. 

 
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Not to nitpick, but James Doonan was Canadian.

That would be James Doohan. But forgive Gazoobee; he likes to ... mesh facts with his own imagination.

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If it has replaceable wrist bands, will it go clickety clack when you attach the watch? Would make a great commercial if you add people dancing and flipping all over the place.

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post #30 of 55
All you skeptics, it's sure to be a success as they just turned it over to the Surface team to finish it! (Pun intended.)
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1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Personal_Objects_Technology

 

2. "Microsoft Windows for Watching"

   "Microsoft Watch: Your Window on the World"

   "Microsoft Window Watcher"

   "MSwatch" (would be a trademark problem)

 

Cheers

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2. "Microsoft Windows for Watching"
   "Microsoft Watch: Your Window on the World"
   "Microsoft Window Watcher"
   "MSwatch" (would be a trademark problem)

Microsoft: We're Always Watching.

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Considering he's a brit he spelled it incorrectly also. 

No, he didn't. Calling it "aluminum" predates calling it "aluminium". Also, both are recognized as valid names by the IUPAC.

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No, he didn't. Calling it "aluminum" predates calling it "aluminium". Also, both are recognized as valid names by the IUPAC.

Never mind that the latter only exists because a newspaper felt they could name it whatever they wanted. 1oyvey.gif
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"for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound."

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No, he didn't. Calling it "aluminum" predates calling it "aluminium". Also, both are recognized as valid names by the IUPAC.

 

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Never mind that the latter only exists because a newspaper felt they could name it whatever they wanted. 1oyvey.gif

Duelling internet surfers. Cool.

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Are they going to have to add micro-sized tiles so that you can have a dozen of them on the watch screen?

Yup. And the watch will include a color coordinated micro-stylus that clips (with click!) to the watch band so you can tap the tiles with ease.

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Duelling internet surfers. Cool.

Dueling? I'm addending. And all I have is this...

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Considering he's a brit he spelled it incorrectly also. 

 

 

Would that be a brit, or a Brit?

 

Or a Canadian?

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Doohan

 

 

And the movie, well, it was made in the USA, which would influence (for better or for worse) the spelling regardless of which side of the pond one of the actors came from, even if said actor is playing a Scotsman.


Edited by Bergermeister - 7/15/13 at 6:01pm

 

Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Emergency! Copier fires on Surface levels 1, 2, 3, ah, heck...every copier in Redmond!

Wonder what the BSOD will look like?

Overheard at Symantec - "Ka-ching!"

Ballmer: "Let's base our newest 'innovation' on our latest success!"

Ladies and gentleman...presenting the new MeClippyCEZuneVistaKinBing8SurfaceWatch!!

Ah...just kidding.

Now get back to rearranging those deck chairs boys!
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"Would that be worth something to you laddy."

Aye!
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