Microsoft Smart Watch Reportedly in Development by Former Xbox and Kinect Team
According to the folks over at The Verge
, Microsoft’s anticipated wrist-worn accessory which originally began as a health rate monitor is now supposedly a full-fledged smart watch under development. The project is being worked on by Microsoft employees who were formerly members of the company’s Xbox and Kinect teams. The device is said to be in the prototype phase with a 1.5-inch touch display attached to removable bands.
Rumors of smart watches have been heating up in recent weeks as industry insiders claim such devices are going to be the next big thing in the tech industry. Any potential wearable devices from the tech giants such as Apple and Microsoft would be competing with Google Glass, a smart headset accessory in development by the search giant. Unlike rumored products from other companies, Google has also been very public in its development of Glass and recently began providing the first test units to developers and others.
Microsoft has allegedly been working on a headset accessory similar to Google Glass as well. It’s also been rumored that the company’s wearable technology push could be unveiled publicly as soon as early 2014. Also potentially in the mix is Samsung, which is reportedly working on its own smart watch accessory. Samsung has already tried and failed to grow the niche market with two products released over the years, neither of which made much of an impact. Google is also working on its own smart watch in addition to Glass, while LG is said to be developing its own wrist-worn accessory as well.
The interest in smart watches seems to be booming after a Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble watch earned more than $10 million. We’ll have to wait and see what happens though.
Source: The Verge