It appears that smart watches are like buses… For after rumours emanating from Apple, an announcement from Samsung and a big hint from LG, Microsoft is now also reportedly working on an intelligent smartphone friendly watch.
A story in The Wall Street Journal, which quotes ‘anonymous execs’ suggests that company exces have been chatting to Asian suppliers about a potential watch.
One source even said that he had a meeting with Microsoft’s research and development team at its Redmond, Wash. headquarters.
The source also said that ‘for its potential new watch prototype, Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers.
We have been here before ewith Microsoft. The company arguably invented the smart watches format with the SPOT watches it developed with Fossil, and several other companies, a decade or so ago. Those watches though didn’t link to mobile phones, but delivered weather, news and sport updates etc by using FM – in a similar way to how some GPS systems get traffic alerts.
The watches were only available for a few years before the company pulled the plug.