Microsoft is reportedly preparing to launch a new smartwatch as soon as this summer. According to a new report from Forbes, the software giant is working on a wearable sensor-rich device that will work with Windows Phones, iPhones, and Android headsets, and it’s said that it will measure heart rate 24/7 to sync data to devices.
The report also reveals that Microsoft’s Kinect engineers, including Alex Kipman (the creator of the sensor), are working to build the new watch.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft tries to go after wearable tech, back in 2004 the company had a smartwatch called “SPOT” that used FM radio signals to deliver information such as news, stock data, news headlines, weather, and messages through a paid subscription. But it was short-lived as the company discontinued the product in 2008.
Now things are different, although Samsung and Apple are already dominating the wearable tech market, there is always room for one more player. Though there still a lot of questions about the new smartwatch, such as release date, hardware specification, battery life (current rumor is two days), and how different from the competitors the watch will be.