Microsoft Surface smartwatch in the developmental pipeline?

Microsoft Surface smartwatch in the developmental pipeline?The recurring Microsoft Surface smartphone rumours appear to have died a death for the time being, and in their place we’re told to expect a Microsoft Surface smartwatch.

Said device is thought to embrace an array of interesting features, including a little something called “translucent aluminium”.

That’s the story according to The Verge, which in turn credits “sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans”.

The Microsoft Surface smartwatch is tipped to rock a 1.5in display (stop me if that sounds familiar), with a variety of removable wristbands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey.

As for that “translucent aluminium” housing, it’s said to be three times harder than plain old glass.

By the sounds of it, several Microsoft Surface smartwatch prototypes are under consideration, with some rocking 6GB internal storage (with a reliance on cloud support for expansion) and LTE compatibility.

As for the Microsoft Surface smartwatch's operating system, it'll be some variant of Windows 8 with the tiles and what have you.

A recent organisational change brought the Xbox and Surface teams together under foxy corporate mom Julie Larson-Green (who’s tipped to overthrow Ballmer at some point, incidentally), and it’s those guys beavering away on the Microsoft Surface smartwatch.

“Wearable” tech is all the rage at the moment. Mountain View has Google Glass, while Apple is expected to launch the iWatch later this year. Maybe.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2013 at 16:15

I love it :p
Apple got everyone scrambling. They'll sit back and study all the flaws and failings...
That is: maybe. I don't care either way.

barrybarryk  Jul. 16, 2013 at 17:01

I love it :p
Apple got everyone scrambling. They'll sit back and study all the flaws and failings...

Smartwatches were already on sale to consumers before Apple were even mentioned in the same sentence

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 16, 2013 at 18:40

Shouldn't Microsoft focus on Windows Phone and getting the whole smartphone thing up to speed before trying to step into a new market, not to mention the Surface tablet. On another note something tells me that all these smartwatches are going to be pretty much DOA and that they're heading in the wrong direction. I could be wrong but I'm guessing Apple has something up it's sleeve and is going to do something different to what's currently available on the market.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2013 at 19:09

I love it :p
Apple got everyone scrambling. They'll sit back and study all the flaws and failings...

Smartwatches were already on sale to consumers before Apple were even mentioned in the same sentence
really :p

I didn't create the hype, did I?
My intention wasn't to praise Apple's cleverness, but to ridicule the idiocy of rumour mongering and hype Inc.

B1zarr0Prim3  Jul. 17, 2013 at 08:26

This watch with Smartglass could make for some interesting Xbox gaming especially when using Kinect.
I'm think along the lines of a James Bond type game where it can be used to access gadgets and possibly an in-game laser. (Yeah, I was playing Goldeneye on my N64 over the weekend)

And yes, I'd probably buy one of these.

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