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Circular concept of Microsoft smart-watch gets Cortana and Lumia Glance on-board

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Circular concept of Microsoft smart-watch gets Cortana and Lumia Glance on-board
It's hardly a secret that Microsoft is preparing a smart-watch. But outside of literally sketchy patent drawings, there is little we've seen or heard about Redmond's time-piece. However, Gearlive recently claimed that it has seen the wild Pokemon in action and reported that it looks more like a Fitbit One or the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit rather than a traditional watch.

Reportedly, it didn't look as good as any of the two, but the device is packed to the brim with sensors - heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor. If they carry over to the final product, the "Surface Watch" or "X-Watch" or "Kinect Wear" or "Windows Watch 2000 Server Edition" will know you better than your entire family.

Inspired by the mythic device, designer Nadir Aslam came up with some wonderful concepts for the future smart-watch. Alas, they probably don't have a lot in common with the watch Microsoft crafted, but there's always a second time for these things.

Notably, Cortana seems to live very comfortably on the circular watch-face, and the device's software has got some customization options and Lumia Glance built in. Definitely not a bad piece of concept kit!

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posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:22 5

1. azzak (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 May 2014)


microsoft360 ??

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:36 2

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1373; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Lol! Thats exactly what i though too.Software looks similar to android wear too.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:34 2

2. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I would definitely buy a smartwatch if it looked sleek and fashionable. Have all steel bracelet watches anyway, could use something with a leather strap.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:38 3

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1373; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


That's exactly why i love moto360 more than others. In my opinion smartwatch shouldn't look like some kind of geekky tech toy. I love a neat classic watch with smart features, sorta like James bond style:)

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:01 3

5. boosook (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nice copy of Android Wear and the Moto 360. ;)
Of course, this is just a rendering made by a fan... the real thing will probably be much different.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 04:11 1

7. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Don't really know Android Wear, but if it looks similar to this, then it's more a case of Android Wear copying the MS Metro design language...

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 04:50 2

8. boosook (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oh, come on. First of all, Google Moto 360 and see for yourself. Android Wear first of all has a white background (unless, of course, you're looking at the watch face). Enough with the gloomy black background of WP (and Android itself in the earlier versions). As to Android copying WP, Android was flat even before WP appeared on the market. It was Google that first parted from the skeumorphic design of Apple's interfaces, though Microsoft has been more extreme in this concept when they designed WP. So it's called "evolution"... everyone adds a little bit, and design changes as the general taste changes, step by step.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:13 2

9. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Android was not Flat before WP that is incorrect. WP was Flat in 2010 when Android and iOS was Skeumorphic.

Watches only have so many designs you can work with. There are many watches out there that had a circular design before Moto 360, just because M360 is a smartwatch doesn't meant the design is original cause its not. Its been done many many times before by high end watch companies.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:54

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And how many design are there besides flat and skeumorphic? Either it's got a perception of depth or it doesn't. And there were plenty of things that had a flat look to it before WP, just because it's a smartphone doesn't mean the design is original because it's not.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 14:31

13. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Those things that was Flat before WP was other Window based software like Zune or Encarta. No one is saying that besides Skeuomorphic and Flat UI others existed all I'm saying I that Microsft set the trend in what is hot today UI wise, flat is not the law, Android and iOS did not have to adopt it, they chose to.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 18:35

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You act like they invented it. Just because they chose to use a flat UI and others used it later, it doesn't mean it's an original idea or even theirs. If you're looking to change up or set apart the look of your UI, what other option was there? It's not groundbreaking, it was a 50/50 choice, skeumorphic or flat. If MS hadn't done it, someone else would've, because after so long whatever UI style you're currently using will start to look old, especially the longer you use it. MS had been using a skeumorphic UI for around 35 years, and Apple around the same. It was time for a change because there are only so many ways you can do the same thing. And since there was only one other option, why do you think it's so amazing that they went that way? And whenever a company changes something, it's competitors generally follow suit. It's not revolutionary, it's evolutionary.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:16 1

11. sgodsell (Posts: 3257; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Moto 360 is the first fully round face smart watch. Please give me a link with a fully round face smart watch other then the Moto 360. Also Android wear is out there already. Microsoft's smart watch is not. No one has seen any smart watch interface or what features it will entail at all. Android wear in developer form was out at the beginning of this year. Actions speak louder then any words.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 18:33

14. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


what he is trying to point out there is no sense of argument of who the first and who the last, because classic watches are all rounded face and no one is butthurt about it, so be happy, atleast we have many option for smart watches not those ugly squared faces!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 20:18

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yes it was. Android 2.3 flattened the bottom tray before WP was released later that year.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 03:13

6. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It's too Android Wearish ^___^

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:56

12. NexusPhan (Posts: 624; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I'd say that's a good thing.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 12:14

17. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


it looks good .

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