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Microsoft is the latest technology giant preparing to jump into the wearables market, with plans to offer a sensor-rich smartwatch that measures heart rate.
We told you everything we knew about this upcoming device and its cross – platform feature, but we have to come back to this subject in order to clear things a bit. Those who are not tech aficionados and don’t remember quite well the rumors surrounding each tech giant and its past plans need to have their facts straight, out of respect for other peoples’ work.
The sources telling Forbes about the upcoming Microsoft fitness smartwatch are still undisclosed. However, we are witnessing a severe case of amnesia, as rumors about a future Microsoft smartwatch aren’t at all new. Back in 2013, countless rumors, leaks and reports all swarmed around the idea that Microsoft wanted to deliver a 1.5 inch display smartwatch, with a heart-rate monitor, 6 GB of internal storage and 4G/LTE Internet connectivity. Moreover, back then, it was said that this amazing piece of gadget was developed by specialists appertaining to Surface and Xbox teams. If you are interested in these rumors, find articles from April, June and July 2013.
To add insult to injury, Forbes specialists also said that Microsoft was the last tech behemoth to get interested in the wearables market when, in truth, Microsoft was the first to think about wearable gadgets. Let’s listen to tech experts who know what they are talking about:
Microsoft was way ahead of the curve when it comes to wearables: In 2002 it launched the then-revolutionary SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) Watch, which featured a number of notifications systems such as sports results, email, and weather forecasts, pushed via FM radio. The watch not only predated the smartphone, but it offered a host of the alerts and features that current handset owners take for granted but couldn’t have imagined at the time. Yet despite its innovation, it failed to catch on, even though Microsoft licensed the software and access to the platform so that traditional watchmakers could integrate the smart features into their own devices.
SPOT saw its life ending in 2008, but this doesn’t mean its legacy has ever been forgotten. Because of the SPOT the world got the Pebbles watch, so all in all, Microsoft doesn’t copy what its competitors created, but brings back something it created long before smartwatches were cool.
With these things in mind, kudos again to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, who seems to fight the good fight in gaining back the company’s former glory.