Smart watch or watch phone ?
Smart watch by Microsoft
According to the Wall Street Journal Microsoft is developing a smart watch – minicomputer that has the form of a wristwatch. The information comes from different sources including senior officials suppliers of Microsoft.
The company ordered smart watch components from their Asian suppliers. Some of the components include a 1.5 inch touch screen. Microsoft has also discussed the future of the device at a meeting with suppliers, which was held at the company’s headquarters in Redmond.
The look and feel of the device is unknown. More over it is just a new project of Microsoft and the company may or may not introduce the device to the public.
Microsoft has experience with developing a “smart watch.” In the past the company developed SPOT – Smart Personal Object Technology. The technology was developed for “smart” objects of personal use adding intelligence and modern features to such devices as watches and coffee makers.
SPOT technology was used by several manufacturers. In particular Swatch and Fossil released watches powered by Microsoft SPOT software. Watches were able to display news headlines, sport games scores and featured by instant messaging and other MSN Direct content.
Competitors perspective smart watches
According to unofficial data Apple and Samsung are also developing “smart watches” running on iOS and Android platforms respectively.
Existing smart watches
Some companies already offer watches that could work with a smartphone or tablet. This category of devices include Sony Smart Watch and Wimm One running on Android. Such devices show on the display texts and SMS messages and could run some Android applications.
Other companies offer “watch phone” – the device that combines cell phone capabilities with the comfort of watches.
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