Microsoft is expected to launch a multi-sensor smartwatch with heart rate monitor along with the other ‘smart’ features and it will be reportedly compatible with iOS, Android and Windows.
The ‘sensor-rich’ smartwatch would utilize Xbox Kinect engineers technology which would monitor the user’s heart rate 24 hours a day. Microsoft was recently granted a patent which was filed in 2012 which is similar to wearable device with heart rate monitor and fitness related features.
Forbes mentioned that the device will be launched in summer and a competitor to Apple’s iWatch which will be released in September. The smartwatch will deliver accurate data on fitness and heart rate as a new software has been created to compile data developed by Microsoft’s Kinect Division.
“There are going to be Windows devices and there are going to be other devices and we have to make sure our services run on all of them. It time for us to build the next big thing.”
The smartwatch will have a two-day battery life similar to Samsung’s Gear fit. Other features include a GPS, compass and multiple sensors as mentioned in the patent application.
Earlier in 2004, Microsoft launched its SPOT range for providing weather and news through FM signals. However the range never caught up and was discontinued in 2008.
Microsoft had recently announced that it would not be charging developers who use Windows on devices with less than 9-inch screens including wearables. Samsung has also unveiled its wearable device Simband that would monitor the user heart rate continuously.
There is something going around in the smartwatch market as Google recently launched its wearable-centric Android Wear OS, while Samsung shifted its focus from Android smartwatch to Tizen in its second-generation Galaxy Gear watch. The Korean manufacturer is also rolling out new firmware update to its first generation Samsung Galaxy Gear that wipes out Android to bring in it’s own Tizen platform. LG is busy with its LG G Watch, while Motorola enjoying the show with its Moto 360 ’rounded’ smartwatch – both are running on Google’s Android Wear.[ Source ]