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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors 70

Posted by timothy
from the easier-sell-than-new-headgear dept.
New submitter TuxHiggs (2691251) writes "Last month, Forbes wrote that Microsoft was preparing a cross-platform smartwatch with the ability to continuously track your heart rate and sync the data to your devices. A trusted source with knowledge of the development has verified some of that information and provided Tom's Hardware with additional details about the device. The source confirmed previous rumors that the device is cross-platform compatible, and added there would be open APIs as well. The source also confirmed that the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside. Design-wise, Microsoft has gone with a slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband. While details about the hardware are scant, the source did reveal that there are 11 sensors under the hood and a mix of chips, including some from TI and Atmel. Finally, the release for this device is apparently set for October."
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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 28, 2014 @06:47PM (#47342483)

    will be smartest dick around. hope BSOD doesn't come too early, reboot takes long.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Give it a vibrate mode, I'll buy 2.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This may sound funny to some, but please hear me out, and realize that this is a real neeed that I'm describing. As an obese man, like many of my fellow Americans, I'm not particularly athletic. I don't jog, I don't work out, and I don't really have a need for a headband like this. What I do have a problem with, however, is locating my genitalia. Like I said earlier, please don't laugh. A lot of us do suffer from what's commonly called "buried penis" syndrome. I personally haven't seen my penis in over 25 y

  • by Rashdot (845549) on Saturday June 28, 2014 @06:57PM (#47342499)

    Smartwatch: "It looks like your heart has stopped. Would you like me to:"

    - stop recording to save power?

    - use a backup?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 28, 2014 @07:41PM (#47342635)

      More like
      "I detected your heart stopped. Would you like to active the defibrillator?"
      {Yes} {No} {Cancel}
      YES
      "Are you sure you want to allow this action?"
      {yes} {cancel}
      YES
      "Administrator password required for this action"
      {........}
      "The defibrillator function is used for the first time. Installation of device drivers required"
      "Would you like to install the drivers now?"
      {Yes} {No} {Later}
      YES
      "Need to download system files. Reboot required. Download now?"
      {Yes} {No} {Later}
      YES
      "Download failed. Try again?"
      {Yes} {Cancel}
      YES
      "Download complete. Install now?"
      {Yes} {No}
      YES
      "Are you sure you want to allow this action?"
      {Yes} {No} {Cancel}
      YES
      "Installation complete. Reboot now? All unsaved data will be lost"
      {yes} {cancel}
      YES
      "Rebooting"
      "WindowsWatch wasn't shutdown properly the last time. Starting in save mode. All drivers disabled".
      {Reboot}
      "You heart still doesn't beat. Do you want to active the defibrillator?"
      {Yes} {No} {Cancel}
      YES
      "Starting the defibrillator. Please read the EULA and click on agree"
      {43 pages of EULA later}
      {AGREE}

      --- BSOD ---

      Meanwhile the patient has died.

    • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Saturday June 28, 2014 @10:02PM (#47342935) Journal

      I see that you're not up to date on the recent trends in Windows land. These days, it's all about social integration, so it would really be:

      - post to Twitter?
      - post to Facebook?
      - post to LinkedIn?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm skeptical about the claim of "cross-platform compatible". As I remember it, when Microsoft had announced .Net and C#, they said those technologies were "cross-platform"... they worked on *all* Microsoft Windows versions. Ditto silverlight.

    I can't help but wonder if this is not just vaporware, because they don't have anything to compete with Google's products which are real and are coming out this fall.

    • To be fair, both were and still are cross platform compatible. .NET (BCL) and C# can be run on any platform and contain nothing that is tied to windows. They didn't actually write anything that ran on other platforms, but that was because there was a (mostly) lack of interest on those platforms to do so. However, Mono does run on many platforms and runs .NET code just fine, as did moonlight which was available for the mac ran silverlight stuff. Everything that anyone would need to actually implement .NET

  • by stevez67 (2374822) on Saturday June 28, 2014 @07:16PM (#47342561)
    They'll all fail because there simply is no mass need to drive sales.
    • by hodet (620484)

      I agree but I have a feeling Apple will generate mass want. Why? I have no idea. I can't think of anything I would want less than a watch. But that just confirms to me that this thing might fly.

    • They'll all fail because there simply is no mass need to drive sales.

      I wear a Nike Fuelband. It's not really a "smart watch", but it's a nice reminder I need to get up and walk. I can hit a button and get a semi accurate reminder of how active I've been for the day. It pings my phone when it needs my attention, and in since it's not my phone I can wear it to the gym and let it's accelerometers rate my activity. I know, I could ask myself if I've exercised enough for the day, but when I'm deep in a programming puzzle, I need the nudge.

      Why do I bring up the Fuelband?

      It would b

  • with 1M unsold Zunes and a pipe bender.
  • The source also confirmed that the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside.

    Who pays for the surgery to implant it?

  • So that there is one for each flavor of ice cream in Baskin Robbins.
  • Smartband sounds like the HALO project on the TV show Continuum [wikipedia.org] and things aren't turning out so well for anyone involved there...

  • The source confirmed previous rumors that the device is cross-platform compatible, and added there would be open APIs as well

    At least, on the beginning. It would be surprising that Microsoft do not act as being Microsoft. Perhaps they start open becausethere is no existing standard to embrace and (proprietary) extend?

  • A scenario (Score:1, Troll)

    by XB-70 (812342)
    Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."

    Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"

    Job Candidate: "I was ... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."

    Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"

    Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."

    Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was the

  • These things would be great adhoc lie detectors... or stress monitors or void comp machines or whatever.

    If you're measuring everything then you can probably use it for more then health statistics. And if they're wireless... that means you might be able to hack them... or listen in on them or something... which means if people run around wearing these things you might be able to get a feed into your google glass or whatever to stare at their vitals while you ask if they've been screwing the maid.

    • by Carewolf (581105)

      Lie detectors only "work" if you tell the subject he is subject to a lie detector test and he believes you, and even then you will not get much better than 50/50 unless you are trained tester who can reach 80/20 under optimal circumstances. So, are you sure you want to ruin your relationship over a test that will be wrong 20% of the time, even when done under optimal circumstances by the best professionals?

  • Like every other smartwatch in recorded history, after a year or two the OEM will decide it isn't making enough money, and they will suddenly stop the data feed or whatever, and if you're lucky, the thing will still function as a wristwatch.

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