Microsoft is also working on a smartwatch project, says WSJ

By Jos ยท 11 replies
Apr 15, 2013
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  1. Apple is supposedly working on some sort of smart watch that will interact with iDevices -- so says word from the grapevine. But even though the company has yet to acknowledge the rumors, they have already prompted many in the...

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  2. There's only one company I would trust to make a "smartwatch" with all kinds of fragile components in it: Casio. Why? I could take my G-Shock and beat it against a wall all day if I want and it would be fine. I could boil it in a pot of water and it would be fine.

    Of course, I'd just rather see an actual smartphone watch that didn't require a separate device to sync with, but there's no advancement in batteries, so....
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  3. Let's just all begin referring to Microsoft as "The Titanic". One retarded idea after the next. I never have liked wearing watches on my wrist. And since almost everyone on planet earth has a smartphone now days, what need is there for a wristwatch?

    I think the problem here is Microsoft feels compelled to always be involved in something new and innovative. But for Gods sake stop and think about what you are doing. Ask yourself some questions first. Or if you just wanna keep making stuff regardless of how well it's received(Windows 8 *cough*cough*) without listening to consumer feedback, please feel free to keep moving full steam ahead in the direction you have been going. Pay no attention to those massive icebergs up ahead.

    A smartwatch? LOL. No thanks. Maybe if it was the 1960's.
  4. I am "Guest 1" who posted about Casio. @ "Guest 2", not even close to everyone on the planet has a smartphone, and even if they did, watches are INSANELY popular and always will be. Mechanical watches have even made a massive comeback recently, with many new companies popping up and longstanding high end ones like Rolex and Hublot continuing to put out better and better timepieces every year.

    I'll tell you what: You drop your smartphone on a sidewalk, and I'll beat my G-Shock with a baseball bat. Let's see who can still tell what time it is. :D
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  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    When I first heard about this I thought MS was just a dog chasing a stick off the porch that Apple had thrown, because they didn't want to be left out again. But after you think about it... there could be a market for a smart watch.

    Think about a hospital. Right now nurses and aids carry phones and/or pagers to receive messages. It would be much easier and less intrusive to feel a slight vibration from your watch where you could then easily read the message. it wouldn't even matter that you had to charge them regularly since you'd just grab a new one when you started your shift. There are plenty of places (like hospitals and nursing homes) where they even still use pagers to get messages around. Any place of business where a manager would need to send messages to employees could use smartwatches.

    I agree the personal market for these sounds pretty small, but there might be other good uses.
  6. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +19

    Another DOA project from Microsoft..
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    This doesnt surprise me. If it runs a Windows phone 8-like OS, then it will be interesting.
  8. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    What rock have you been living under? It's not Microsoft that 'always feels compelled to be involved with something new,' it's Apple. It was THEIR idea first. Did you even read the first line of the article, because that's where this info is revealed. lmao

    The Windows 8 interface would be so awesome across all four platforms. Seamless switching between watch, phone, desktop, and tablet.
  9. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Nice stock photo! :)
  10. Mbloof

    Mbloof TS Rookie Posts: 56   +7

    I have a Stainless Steel Casio solar Atomic watch - the only problem is - for Casio that is - that the watch will last forever. I also have one of their GIANT 3-receptor watches - a novel item but I never wear it as its to big, heavy and uncomfortable to wear.

    The problems with putting 'smarts' in a watch is that of size and battery life. Remembering that 1st and foremost it needs to be a watch 1st and whatever else is secondary. Could they get a large enough 'supper cap' and enough solar real estate in a watch to support the power drain of a Bluetooth radio?

    I suppose they could go with an inductive charger but I think the OEM's will insist on having a <sic> color touch screen with a graphic resolution good enough to display thumbnail photos so the thing will be so huge/heavy and battery hungry to be something else that gets tossed in our landfills when the battery wears out.

    MS being involved adds the requirement of a reset/reboot button and constant security updates.

    I'll pass.
  11. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    If this watch could outlast a Nokia 3310 battery then im solve!
    Samsung Galaxy Watch with 6 inch screen and S-Pen!!

    kidding aside why do you need to add more function to a watch???
  12. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Race? Seems more like a Death March.

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