Microsoft smartwatch

Microsoft’s rumored smartwatch will reportedly compete with Apple’s rumored iWatch by designing the product around Surface and Xbox technology, while giving it a cool translucent shell along with a variety of colorized removable wrist bands for a dash of fashion statement. Oh, and it will supposedly do LTE on its own.

Sources familiar with the matter told The Verge that prototype smartwatch testing at Microsoft has moved over to the Surface team. The move is likely in line with a recent company-wide reorganization effort that saw Xbox and Surface hardware divisions folded into a single unit, with former Windows chief Julie Larson-Green now responsible for all of Microsoft’s hardware efforts…

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:

We understand Microsoft is testing prototypes with a modified version of Windows 8, with a focus on integrating the device with other Windows-powered devices.

As for the removable wrist bands, these could include blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors, the publication has learned.

AmongTech recently asserted Microsoft was testing smartwatch prototypes featuring a 1.5-inch screen, 6GB of storage and LTE support.

The prototypes, the story go, are encased in a shell made from Oxynitride Aluminum, a pricey translucent aluminum material said to be three times harder than glass.

The Windows maker is also thought to have been testing a heart rate monitor dubbed Joule so perhaps this technology will be folded into the smartwatch project as well.

The Wall Street Journal in May claimed knowledge of a Microsoft-branded touch-enabled watch device. As for Apple, patents, trademark filings, hirings and other leads all seemingly point to internal testing of an iOS-powered wrist watch device prototype.

Originally thought to be ready in time for this year’s holiday shopping season, the iWatch device has reportedly been delayed until 2014.

According to The Financial Times newspaper, Apple is seeking outside expertise as its wearable technology team has faced “hard engineering problems that they’ve not been able to solve”.

  • Pomologue

    That image is soo mean hahaha

    • seyss

      MS got smart. on Windows 8, they blame you for their software fault:

      “YOUR computer ran into a problem and needs to restart……..”

      • Guest

        I haven’t seen the blue screen of death since Windows 7 actually. The only time I saw the blue screen was when my AMD octacore was prone to overheating (AMD’s fault). Got a intel cpu and everything has been peachy since then.

      • Yunsar

        You forgot the sad face 🙁

      • Dominik Odobašić

        If a BSOD popped up, yes it’s YOUR computer that’s malfunctioning. I’ve had issues with my SSD, replaced it, everything working perfectly.

      • Kurt

        “You’re just holding it wrong”

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      Only Christian would do that, the only reporter who really needs to get some training in constructive writing. It’s not like Apple never had the spinning wheel of death.

  • onebyone_

    oh great! we’ll have a little death blue screens, now in our watchs too! :3

    • Dan

      I haven’t seen the blue screen of death since Windows 7 actually. The only time I saw the blue screen was when my AMD octacore was prone to overheating (AMD’s fault). Got a intel cpu and everything has been peachy since then.

      • mehrab

        I havent seen the blue screen of death either i just had “your computer ran in to a problem and needs to restart” its not much of a big issue! Im going to be selling my gaming pc and i”ll buy a ps4 when it comes out. Good bye windows for me 😀

  • Pitchy

    translucent aluminum
    This makes me think of the Star Trek movie where they need transparent aluminum for the whale tank.

  • Dominik Odobašić

    How about this? i_imgur_com/p3baYXn.jpg

    • Alexander Reimann

      only on an iHackintoshWatch

      • Dominik Odobašić

        No, but only on malfunctioning iWatches, the same goes for blue screens. But I guess that is waaay too hard for people running this blog to figure out.

  • Albert

    Apple should put in random patents of random things just to see what other companies would try to make to compete with it… iFridge? Crap microsoft, come out with a fridge too!!! 😛

    • Boss

      Samsung make fridges wonder if they’d try and make a smart fridge

      • Kurt

        They already have smart fridges. The tech in fridges nowadays are pretty cool

  • pnh

    Love the BSOD

  • Beck Hoefling

    All these iWatch rumors!!! someone just release one!

  • Yunsar

    lol That picture

  • Girish

    in this context,,,it wil b,,
    touch screen not detected,,,
    touch to continue,,,,lol