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

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 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?

  • Because Microsoft's management team operates like a group of toddlers.

    "Apple's watch has 8 sensors! Oh yeah?! Well OURS has ELEVEN."

    *throws together a bunch of chips from companies they ran out of business into a bulky, ugly box that straps to your wrist and has a 2 hour battery life*

    Six months later:


    Patent trolling lawsuits go.

  • by jpellino ( 202698 ) on Saturday June 28, 2014 @07:34PM (#47342613)
    with 1M unsold Zunes and a pipe bender.
  • 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}
    "Are you sure you want to allow this action?"
    {yes} {cancel}
    "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}
    "Need to download system files. Reboot required. Download now?"
    {Yes} {No} {Later}
    "Download failed. Try again?"
    {Yes} {Cancel}
    "Download complete. Install now?"
    {Yes} {No}
    "Are you sure you want to allow this action?"
    {Yes} {No} {Cancel}
    "Installation complete. Reboot now? All unsaved data will be lost"
    {yes} {cancel}
    "WindowsWatch wasn't shutdown properly the last time. Starting in save mode. All drivers disabled".
    "You heart still doesn't beat. Do you want to active the defibrillator?"
    {Yes} {No} {Cancel}
    "Starting the defibrillator. Please read the EULA and click on agree"
    {43 pages of EULA later}

    --- BSOD ---

    Meanwhile the patient has died.

  • by davester666 ( 731373 ) on Saturday June 28, 2014 @08:17PM (#47342723) Journal

    1. my post was being sarcastic as to the idea that all the items were 'fads that had gone bust'.
    2. logical development or not, Bill was trying to foist his tablets on people for more than 10 years, and rather unsuccessfully...I guess Steve just looked at what Bill did, and went "Well, I'll just not do what Bill did, and do what Bill didn't, and my tablet will be wildly successful". It seems to have worked.

  • 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?

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern