Microsoft’s smartwatch rumoured to be released in October

Amber Stokes
Amber Stokes
By Amber Stokes on 30 June 2014
Microsoft’s smartwatch rumoured to be released in October

Microsoft’s smartwatch is rumoured to be released in October this year, while a report by Tom’s Hardware reveals new details of the device, suggesting that it will come with eleven sensors, open APIs and cross-platform compatibility. It also says its source has confirmed the display will be on the underside of the band, which is said to be more a natural position for frequent checking.

A patent filed by Microsoft earlier this year revealed details of the smartwatch. The device has a touch display and communications interface, which can be configured to transmit and receive data via the connectors and communicate with external computing devices.

It also includes biometric sensors to track heart rate, as well as GPS to track location and will come with a dock for a power or USB cord, which can be plugged into an external device.

The news comes as more reports suggest that growth in wearable technology is set to rise in years to come. Gartner recently released a report that suggested growth in the internet of things (IoT) may even grow at a higher rate than other connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets. IoT will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009, according to Gartner.

Similarly, the Pew Research Center Internet Project recently released a report that looked at the fast adoption of IoT and found that wearable technology will indeed increase in years to come. And while consumers will remain early adopters of the technology, the use of connected devices will also increase in industry. Gartner sites the insurance and manufacturing industries as already being early adopters of this technology, as well as an increase in smart building technology adoption.

“The growth in IoT will far exceed that of other connected devices. By 2020, the number of smartphones tablets and PCs in use will reach about 7.3 billion units,” said Peter Middleton, research director at Gartner. “In contrast, the IoT will have expanded at a much faster rate, resulting in a population of about 26 billion units at that time.”


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