Microsoft smartwatch teased with recent patent filing, looks super sleek

Microsoft Smartwatch
By Sam Sabri on 11 May 2014 04:56 pm
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It's no secret that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch of some kind. We've seen patents filed and have heard rumors for quite some time. Wearables and the Internet of Things is the future of technology and one Microsoft is intent on being a big part of. Today we're looking at a patent granted to Microsoft for an 'electronic band'.

Last week we saw another patent granted to Microsoft that teased their upcoming smartwatch plans. That patent described a device with fitness-tracking features and a detachable body. That body could then be removed from the wrist band and attached to other accessories like a belt clip or lanyard. The body itself featured a touch panel where you could interact with to see different information displayed.

Microsoft Smartwatch

That patent included a dock where you could attach the body, presumably to charge or sync. Something we've seen other smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear or Qualcomm Toq do.

The filing discovered today shows off an electronic band that looks similar to previous patent images we've seen from Microsoft. Carl Ledbetter, the man behind the design at Xbox, is listed as one of the inventors.

Anyone looking forward to a smartwatch from Microsoft? The design in the patent images looks very sleek.

Source: USPTO, Google Patents Via: WMPU

15 comments

Premium1

I can't wait to see what these companies can come up with. I think the android wear and the moto watch really set things in motion. Will be interesting to see what Microsoft and apple bring as well.

davemacd

I agree with Premium1. Competition will bring us the best stuff, just like it has for phones.

I want to see something with great (week or more) battery life and wireless charging. Until I get those two things in a single watch, I'll stick with my first-gen. Pebble.

rizzo183

Very sleek indeed. I'd definitely try out one of these babies :)
I hope it's not too late for MS by the time they roll these out. I love MS and their products, but the catch-up game can be tough to go through.

datengu

If only there was wireless charging too... I think it'd be great, the flatter it is, the less bulky it may seem. It looks like Microsoft is following some of these trends and rules. I'm looking forward to also seeing how their smartwatch OS would/might sync up with other windows8.1 devices! Waterproof/water resistant would also be very useful!

GoDroidGo

I would consider only if it can do more than my pebble. Really looking forward to the LG and the Motorola.

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splatmaster99

I think it looks ridiculous, too futuristic for its time. Possibly like the Dreamcast.

Ebifruya8

It's difficult to get excited about anything Microsoft produces. Add to the fact that Microsoft can't force proprietary software like Windows or Office on the masses anymore, Microsoft better produce a magnificent watch to stay relevant.

Gerryinbc

Microsoft forced you to buy something? When.
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swarlos

Wouldn't call that sleek at all. Looks like a drawing from someone in the 60s trying to envision what a smart watch would look like.

deckem

I can get into this Smartwatch thing. But a good companion for my Windows Phone, it must be.

Dzejmo

Someone needs to get on a standard for these things. I don't want to have to time phone and watch purchases.

RogerWh

Definitely buying this the day it comes out

feldmen01

Another ugly attempt at a smart watch it seems... I would like something that I would be happy to wear in a dressy setting.

unstoppablekem

Finally, a Smartwatch for WP! : D

Seth Chastain

I'm hoping that they are good. MS was the first in the "Smart Watch" Category in the early to mid 2000s with the MSN Watches. At least they are going into this product at the same time as everyone else. Unlike the Zune or the Surface where they were years late.

If the watch continues with MS's "Synced over all devices" trend this could make their whole echo system very valuable.