Patent Shows Microsoft Wants in on the Smartwatch Action

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A just released Microsoft patent application shows the Windows maker has had its eye on the smartwatch market for some time, and it may be planning on targeting fitness features, much like Apple's rumored iWatch.

Patent application shows Microsoft's interest in smartwatch marketPatent application shows Microsoft's interest in smartwatch market

Microsoft's patent application was filed in October 2012, according to CNN, and details a wrist worn device that includes phone, messaging, music playback, and fitness tracking features. The watch can also detach from its wristband for recharging.

The smartwatch market is still in its infancy with companies like Pebble selling a device that extends the functionality of the iPhone, and Samsung scrambling to grab some marketshare with its cobble together Galaxy Gear. On the fitness side, companies like Fitbit and Jawbone are fighting for our wrists, while Nike is essentially killing off its own Fuelband wristband to focus on developing software for other device makers.

Apple hasn't entered the market yet, but is widely expected to do so soon. The company's long rumored iWatch device is expected to include health and fitness tracking features, and will likely offer other functions, too.

Apple will likely send the wearables market into a frenzy whenever it finally does start releasing products, which has competitors rushing to grab what they can before that happens. Microsoft has already tried to get into the space through collaborations with other companies such as Suunto and Fossil, although so far it hasn't been able to gain any ground. Consumer interest in Microsoft's collaboration was so low, in fact, that the company killed it in 2008.

Microsoft has begun developing more of its own hardware to run on its Windows platform through its Surface tablets, and soon through its purchase of Nokia's handset division. Making its own wearable tech devices, including smartwatches, is a natural extension of those plans.

Microsoft isn't commenting on its plans for the smartwatch market, but it's clear the company is seriously considering its options, and that may include making its own devices.

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Comments

Roland Estrada

I’m sure they will have a mediocre product out in three years.

Lee Dronick

smartwatch market

They will call it a Sm’watch smile

RonMacGuy

As a tribute to past Microsoft cell phones, they should call it the…

Wait for it…

The Smo-Kin!!

grin

RonMacGuy

Or, if you can play music with it, they can call it the…

Wrist-Zune!!

Neil Anderson

I hope it comes in brown.

CudaBoy

Has anyone ever said Sorry, my watch crashed?  The Blue Bezel of Death?

Pmb Denton

Hey instead check out the “Exetech XS-4”, they really nailed the smartwatch idea,
Runs FULL Android so does loads more than just popping Android Wear notifications on your wrist!
They actually included loads of useful tech needed to make a viable smartwatch,
Two words, battery length and waterproofing! Grab one from the link below….
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xs-4-smartwatch-android-4-4-solar-charge-4g-ip67-waterproof-amoled/x/4042531

Features
Always On Screen Clock, thanks to OLED!
4G
Octa-Core (think future proofing)
Solar self charging Photovoltaic layer (Haven’t seen this on anything else!)

Waterproof IP 67 (Yup you’ll be swim and listen to music in the shower with that)
Hydrophobic water repellent nano coating (water literally slides off)

AMOLED, nice powersaving smile
Huge 800 mah battery, double what other smartwatches have.

Standalone device, doesn’t need to be stuck to your phone to work
2nd generation device from an already established manufacturer…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xs-4-smartwatch-android-4-4-solar-charge-4g-ip67-waterproof-amoled/x/4042531

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