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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device 260

Posted by samzenpus
from the wind-it-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news that Microsoft may be working on a smartwatch. "The modern smartwatch market hardly even exists, and yet it's already starting to feel very crowded. Hot on the heels of plans (official and otherwise) from Apple and Samsung, the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft has also been shopping around for parts to build a 'watch-style device.' While details are scarce as to what that would entail, unnamed supplier executives tell the newspaper that Microsoft has been asking for 1.5-inch touchscreens. We wouldn't count on seeing an ultra-small Surface anytime soon, however -- these executives say they've visited Microsoft's campus, but they don't know whether the Windows developer is fully committed to its wrist-worn endeavor or just experimenting. If the project exists at all, of course. Still, there's finally a glimmer of hope for anyone who's still mourning the loss of their beloved SPOT watches."
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

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  • by RudyValencia (728937) <rudyvalencia@gmail.com> on Monday April 15, 2013 @02:11AM (#43449821) Homepage
    There was once a smartwatch called the Timex Datalink. I remember when it came out. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink [wikipedia.org] for more information.
    • by Hamsterdan (815291) on Monday April 15, 2013 @03:03AM (#43449987)

      There was also the Fossil smartwatch

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_Wrist_PDA [wikipedia.org]

    • by mbstone (457308)

      I had a watch circa 1995 that required an annual subscription to a broadcast data service that would send, for example, sports scores.

      Like every other similar service ever offered on "smart" watches, the OEM decided to 86 the data feed after a couple of years, and I ended up throwing the thing away.

      I don't remember the name of the OEM, can anybody refresh my memory?

      Every New Years' Day the motherfucker would wake me up at 7 AM to remind me that it was New Years' Day.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      There was once a smartwatch called the Timex Datalink. I remember when it came out. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink [wikipedia.org] for more information.

      Your limerick sucks

      • There was once a smartwatch called the Timex Datalink. I remember when it came out. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Datalink [wikipedia.org] for more information.

        Your limerick sucks

        There was once a smartwatch called the Timex Datalink. The OEM pulled the data before you could blink. It only had sports scores and annoying alarms. Not like these new ones with all of their charms... (Pebbles first non clock sdk will be sports related, derp).

    • Yeah, I had one of them. It really kind of sucked tbh. It would sync (download only if I remember correctly) contact information from my computer (name, address, phone number), and memos, but that was about it.

  • Also had one with an AM/FM Radio built in. I'm their target demographic. Guess what? I DON'T WEAR A FUCKING WATCH ANYMORE.

  • Sad... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by evil_aaronm (671521)
    If this report is true, MS is fucking pathetic. I'm not particularly "anti-MS": I just don't care. I think in terms of, "Whatever gets the job done." But, upon hearing reports that their competitors are doing something with a "smart watch," MS now has to slut themselves to create a "me-too" product...? Have they no self-respect? They're like an old whore chasing down Johns from corner to corner, hoping someone will throw a buck their way, while everyone else looks away in embarrassment.
  • I keep seeing articles popping up about 'smartwatches" from Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Apple, and even Google. What I never see is someone telling me where the demand for this market is. Smart watches, to me, don't seem to serve any particular specialized function. Battery conservation is a joke, unless the tech world has suddenly gotten squeamish about throwing a phone on a microUSB charger. Touchscreen, quick searching, quick clock access, easy navigation, easy access to ... the smartwatch offers only

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15, 2013 @03:25AM (#43450069)

    i hope it comes with a masturbation measuring app, so i can jerk off and count the number of reps, pressure, date, photo of the event to match up with previous attempts to judge how healthy bloodflow to my penis is.

    i hope it also comes with an app for my rectum, where it can safely be inserted, take some pictures and gain some medical insights to the state of my system and safely navigate itself out, like a roomba, through my anus.

  • I am all for the development of a proper smartwatch. None that are now on the market are really compelling in my opinion. I expect Google and Apple to come up with something much more useful. For me, Apple developing a watch is a more interesting rumour than the television set rumors. Like the Google Glass, I see a proper smart watch as the next step towards fully wearable, near invisible computing. Initially I can see it working together with a phone in your pocket, eventually I think it will not need a
  • You'd be surprised (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Link to a 2003 article about MS & watches
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/111035/article.html [pcworld.com]

  • I don't wear a wrist watch, and haven't for a long time. I have been working in various industries that require you to do frequent hand-washing (food industry, childcare, healthcare) and wearing a watch is not a good idea.
    Instead I have used belt clip watches and pocket watches, and a stopwatch hanging round my neck.

    These days a cellphone provides all the features of a watch, except for the wearing on the wrist part.

    In the past some manufacturers have tried calculator watches, but the controls weren't user

    • by jo_ham (604554)

      I work in a chemistry lab, so I wash my hands several times a day. I still wear a watch - it just sits higher up my arm than my wrist. So, I guess it's more accurate to call it an armwatch.

    • by andydread (758754)
      I wear a watch. it never comes off. its even touch screen with features like altimeter, compass, barometer etc. I shower everyday and the watch stays on even in the shower, when I go to the beach or the pool. Why do you have to remove a modern watch when you wash your hands?
  • by Craefter (71540) on Monday April 15, 2013 @03:52AM (#43450175)

    I am quite sure if Apple, Google and Samsung are working on developing a flying turd, Microsoft also wants one. I don't see a lot of innovative development lately. These tech giants only want to keep on par with eachother without really developing their own identity. So much for progress.

    • by Greyfox (87712)
      The looked at the Internet and thought, "Huh. That's a stupid idea." They looked at mobile phones and thought, "Huh. That's a stupid idea." Now they're looking at watches and think they're a good idea. That's more than enough reason for me to steer clear of watches.
  • I hope for their sake that the Scunthorpe problem has been resolved...

  • Shoes are next! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by opusman (33143) on Monday April 15, 2013 @04:13AM (#43450247) Homepage

    Does anyone get the feeling that if Apple was rumoured to be working on a shoe phone, Microsoft would immediately start doing the same?

    • by dargaud (518470)
      Not such a stupid idea, at least it can power itself by recovering energy from the walk.
    • by gmhowell (26755)

      Does anyone get the feeling that if Apple was rumoured to be working on a shoe phone, Microsoft would immediately start doing the same?

      Damnit, now Apple is ripping off CONTROL?

    • by Lispy (136512)

      I guess thats what Google wanted to achieve with that smartshoe last time.

    • by khchung (462899)

      Does anyone get the feeling that if Apple was rumoured to be working on a shoe phone, Microsoft would immediately start doing the same?

      Or rather, you would immediately get some magazine articles _saying_ Microsoft has been doing the same.

      Oh, wait. You mean you really believed Microsoft is really working on a smart watch because of this "news"?

  • by paiute (550198) on Monday April 15, 2013 @05:50AM (#43450501)
    Didn't the phrase "thumbprint-sized touch screen" set off any warning bells in the designers' heads?
  • There goes Microsoft, duplicating... er... I mean "innovating" again.

  • by bored (40072) on Monday April 15, 2013 @10:23AM (#43451781)

    Windows 9, scales your 4k desktop so its effectively 320x200, and changes the user interface so the only buttons that work on your keyboard are the up/down/enter buttons.

    Microsoft, of course, claims huge improvements in users ability to learn the interface because everything including typing is done by selecting options with the up/down buttons.

    All the PC manufactures run by overpaid CEO's that don't know shit about technology promptly release laptops with 320x200 resolution 15" screens claiming that the PC will regain marketshare against the tablets now.

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