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Report claims Microsoft smartwatch spotted being tested in New York

updated 08:05 am EDT, Mon June 9, 2014

Elongated flat screen, health monitoring sensors claimed by Microsoft smartwatch report

Microsoft's rumored smartwatch has allegedly been spotted being tested in New York City, according to a report that claims the watch was caught in public a few months ago. The report states the wearable device had an elongated form, similar to the Samsung Gear Fit in terms of appearance, with a flat display on a curved casing designed to fit closely to the wrist.

GearLive claims the smartwatch uses the flat tiled style that Microsoft uses in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Xbox One, though the display used was apparently not a high-resolution version. A heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and GPS are included in the device, with the watch band said to include a built-in galvanic skin response sensor, while connectivity with a smartphone is performed over Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung Gear Fit

While a number of elements of the report are questionable, such as the time delay before being written about, and the denial by the user claiming it to be a "random fitness wristband ordered from China," the report overall could be plausible. Sources of Forbes recently claimed the device was being worked on by Kinect engineers, and had a considerable health monitoring focus.

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  1. Inkling

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 07-25-06

    How many people want a gadget that'll nag them to (as above) "Take a walk!"? Not many I suspect.Industry pundits may call them smartwatches, but nag-watches might be more apt. They'll be like elaborate exercise equipment, bought out of guilt but almost never used.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 01-23-02

    Just what the world needs - a Microsoft operating system in their watches.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    "with a flat display on a curved casing designed to fit closely to the wrist"

    – well, thank God that every wrist is exactly the same shape and size.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Why even bother making MS watch. People barely use Windows Phone. Since they are at it, might as well throw in a pair of MS Glass and be done with it all.

  1. robttwo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 11-15-05

    I'm sure MS they will get this right—5 years after the iWatch is released.

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