Patent application reveals Microsoft's smartwatch ambitions

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 4 months ago)

Microsoft appears to be joining Apple and Samsung in the smartwatches industry. A recent patent application highlights a Microsoft invention called a "Wearable Personal Information System", which Microsoft claims will solve two common problems with current smartwatches: dirt caused by perspiration, and the lack of real-time, biometric feedback generated through exercise.

As far as the former is concerned, Microsoft incorporated a removable body to the design, which would allow users to wash the band after exercising. On the other hand, the removable body itself can be connected to a special dock or to your PC for charging. The removable body will also showcase inbuilt features that will calculate heart rate, calories burnt and distance run, which does away with users having to wear external sensors. 

Should Microsoft follow through with this, Apple and Samsung had better sit up and take notice. This patent underlines what could be a serious contender in the as-yet limited smartwatch market.

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