May 29th, 2014

Microsoft Smartwatch patent

Pioneered by wearables like the Pebble, 2014 is looking to be the biggest year for smartwatches yet. We’ve already seen exactly how LG and Motorola are planning on tackling the market, ushering in Android Wear, Google’s latest OS built specifically with wearables in mind.

When it comes to rival OSs, we’ve heard talk (just about every year now) that Apple too is planning to jump into the ring, joined by the likes of Microsoft with a smartwatch of their own. But where previous leaks gave us a peek at what Microsoft has in mind in terms of hardware (see above patent image), it seems the house that Bill Gates built might have a killer feature most other smartwatches don’t: cross platform compatibility.

This exclusive report was brought to us by Forbes who also mentions Microsoft’s smartwatch — which will leverage tech from their Xbox Kinect division — will last a full 2-days without needing to recharge. We just found it most interesting given OEMs like Samsung, who have already failed once during their first foray into smartwatches, actually had the gall the release smartwatches exclusive to their specific line of smartphones.

We could be getting a taste of a new Microsoft, one already seeing influence from their hip CEO, Satya Nadella. During an interview at the Code Conference, Nadella mentioned Microsoft was looking ahead at life after smartphones, rather than trying to play catch up. We’re not so sure smartwatches are the answer, but offering cross-platform compatibility could be a step in a the right direction.

[Forbes | ReadWrite]

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