'Windows' on your wrist—Microsoft is working on a smart watch, too

Microsoft logoAttention, people of Earth: the time has come to stop getting hit by cars while you stare at your smartphones. In the future, you will be hit by cars while staring at your wrists.

With Apple believed to be working on a smart watch, and with Google and Samsung hot on its heels, it was perhaps inevitable that rumors of a Microsoft smart watch would surface any time now. Cue the Wall Street Journal, which last night reported that Microsoft "is working on designs for a touch-enabled watch device."

The report is based on anonymous sources at electronics components suppliers. "Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said," the Journal reported. "One executive said he met with Microsoft's research and development team at the software company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it's unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said."

The report said that Microsoft had requested 1.5-inch displays from its suppliers.

Smart watches are more likely to complement and sync with smartphones and other devices than replace them. One such product already in customers' hands is the Kickstarter-fueled Pebble watch, which connects to iOS and Android devices. A Microsoft smart watch would likely connect wirelessly to Windows Phones and/or Windows PCs and tablets to provide some wrist-accessible functionality.

Microsoft has been here before, developing the less-than-successful Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) watches back in 2004.

Source: Ars Technica

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