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    Default 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

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    Oh come on ... an iWatch. Really ? I just can't help but continue to think this is all an extremely clever ploy by Apple to have the Competition spend Billions of dollars and totally de-rail their R&D programs in order to develop something Apple has no intention of ever launching. In the meantime, Apple has brilliantly cleared the competitive landscape to launch their new TV killer app totally unopposed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bass View Post
    Oh come on ... an iWatch. Really ? I just can't help but continue to think this is all an extremely clever ploy by Apple to have the Competition spend Billions of dollars and totally de-rail their R&D programs in order to develop something Apple has no intention of ever launching. In the meantime, Apple has brilliantly cleared the competitive landscape to launch their new TV killer app totally unopposed!
    I don't see a market for this product and agree that it seems to be a smart slight of hand trick by apple or another company

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bass View Post
    Oh come on ... an iWatch. Really ? I just can't help but continue to think this is all an extremely clever ploy by Apple to have the Competition spend Billions of dollars and totally de-rail their R&D programs in order to develop something Apple has no intention of ever launching. In the meantime, Apple has brilliantly cleared the competitive landscape to launch their new TV killer app totally unopposed!
    I f this is true it sounds like a very good thing by Apple.

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    come on guys of course apple is coming out with a iwatch next best thing! why waste time with doing a apple tv when they can just develop the itv and be done with it... please

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
    I don't see a market for this product and agree that it seems to be a smart slight of hand trick by apple or another company
    Lol.

    Then why was Pebble such a success? Even though by all accounts its not a very good watch.

    When Apple does it RIGHT, it will be a must have accessory for smartphone.

    I for one am sick of having to pull my phone out to check every little notification.

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    Funny really everyone had a watch then mobile phones came along everyone got rid of watches now watches are coming back that will be one thing I can't see me buying a iwatch

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit_ View Post
    Funny really everyone had a watch then mobile phones came along everyone got rid of watches now watches are coming back that will be one thing I can't see me buying a iwatch
    No one got rid of watches....

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    Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
    No one got rid of watches....
    I know right. Wtf man

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
    I don't see a market for this product and agree that it seems to be a smart slight of hand trick by apple or another company
    You think you sound like a market analyst but you actually sound like an idiot. Anyone can see the market. What you are saying is akin to saying that you don't see a market for Bluetooth headsets.

    A "market" is a pool of potential customers. Just because you aren't one shouldn't make you blind to the market right in front of your face. Bad work, "market analyst."

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    "Certainly not aiming at being first?" You got that right! I love my MBW-150 Music Edition Bluetooth watch from 2007 made by Sony Ericsson with Fossil.

    Heck, Microsoft made their first "smart watch" with Timex in 1996, though it synced with a PC using screen flashes instead of a mobile device with Bluetooth. I don't like my Sony Ericsson LiveView (like the Sony SmartWatch) because it's not very watch-like, but I think I can forgive Apple's wrap-around display idea as long as they do it right. At least the rumors are that it will have its own software instead of being a performance-compromised iOS device. Too many smart watch makers try to shoe-horn an entire Android device or whatever on there. Why not just work as a power-efficient dumb-terminal and tap into the performance and storage and connectivity that's already in your pocket?

    Motorola Motactive? NAY! Pebble? Maybe. Casio G-Shock? Meh. Apple iWatch? Maybe. MBW-150? YAY!

    FWIW, I obviously wanted to bump this thread.
    Last edited by CZroe; 04-24-2013 at 11:55 PM.

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