Report: Microsoft's smartwatch constructed of transparent aluminum

By on July 15, 2013, 3:30 PM
microsoft, smartphone, windows 8, prototype, smartwatch, transparent aluminum

Earlier this year we learned that Microsoft was working on a smartwatch of their own – pretty much a given considering the industry shift toward wearable technology. Previous reports noted that Microsoft had placed orders for 1.5-inch displays from component manufacturers and now we have some juicy details to back up that claim courtesy of the gang over at AmongTech.

According to the publication, trusted sources claim the smartwatch now has its own dedicated department (it started as a project for the Xbox team) and has reached the prototype stage. It is said to feature a removable wrist band that will be available in a variety of colors including black, blue, gray, white and yellow.

Furthermore, the watch housing is reportedly constructed of oxynitride aluminum, a material composed of aluminum, oxygen and nitrogen. It is up to 80 percent optically transparent and is four times harder than fused silica glass and 85 percent as hard as sapphire.

Another source said the watch will run a modified version of Windows 8 and should integrate well with other Windows-powered mobile devices. Prototypes are said to include 6GB of storage alongside cloud storage via LTE connectivity. Tasks like music control and notifications are probably a given but other capabilities are unknown at this hour.

What’s more, it’s unclear exactly how a smartwatch would complement Microsoft’s Surface tablet. I suspect the device would be best suited for smartphones although sources say it can be used as a standalone product as well.




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hitech0101 said:

The only thing I can think off when it comes out it won't support windows 8 and it M$ will make a OS to run the watch which then will be launched for PC,tablets and phones too.

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

Transparent Aluminum! That is awesome.

Guest said:

At last they found the function for ATOM processors.

1 person liked this | bexwhitt said:

Does anyone under 50 still wear a watch?

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Yep, I can see at least one fossil on that picture...

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Does anyone under 50 still wear a watch?

Does anyone with 50 billion in his pocket wear a watch?

1 person liked this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So how long does this Smartwatch last on battery power? If it's less than one month, I'm won't even consider looking at it for purchase.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Does anyone under 50 still wear a watch?

No, we all have swag to make up for it. Didn't you know?

YOLOLOLOLOL.

1 person liked this | p51d007 said:

BONES: Scotty...how do you know he invented transparent aluminum...

SCOTTY: How do you know he didn't?

misor misor said:

BONES: Scotty...how do you know he invented transparent aluminum...

SCOTTY: How do you know he didn't?

lool. I thought I was The only classic star trek fan here.

(you beat me on that post...I hate you. )

misor misor said:

"are said to include 6GB of storage alongside cloud storage via LTE connectivity. "

unfortunately, since he device runs on modified windows w8tch OS, additional storage is only available via cloud... (which I hope is not true )

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

lool. I thought I was he only classic star trek fan here.
I'm a third!

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Android, Windows, Firefox & iOS operating systems all requiring a different watch. That wouldn't be a problem if I were a cephalopod, I'd still have room for another four operating systems.

Emexrulsier said:

I haven't worn a watch since high school some 17 years ago (infact I still own the watch ). I normally use the time on my smart phone or simply forget about time and just chill

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Does anyone under 50 still wear a watch?

I'm 24 and I have a nice watch that I wear to work. It looks professional and it's easier to sneak peaks at the time during work meetings :P

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm still waiting to see how the Touch Time turns out. It's the only geek watch I know of which promises good battery life (1 year).

Guest said:

Tells time AND houses whales!! lol

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I'm still waiting to see how the Touch Time turns out. It's the only geek watch I know of which promises good battery life (1 year).

Interesting. Battery life is good probably because of no bluetooth, but I'm still unconvinced that a cell battery is so much better than a rechargeable li-po.

Guest said:

I was immediately thinking of Scotty when I saw the headline...

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Railman said:

No WiFi? LTE in my mind = 4G which is quite expensive and not universally available.

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