Microsoft has been working on a “wrist-worn device” for a year: 1.5” screen, removable bands


We’ve recently heard that Microsoft has placed orders for 1.5-inch screens in what seemed like a move towards an upcoming smartwatch, and now The Verge confirms that Microsoft has indeed been working on a “wrist-worn device” for around a year now.

And while work on it started under the idea of bringing an Xbox heart-rate monitor, plans have changed along the way and Microsoft has decided to instead build a smartwatch. The device is still in a prototype phase, but it’s got some talented engineers from the Xbox and Kinect teams working on it.

Sources once again confirm the device will indeed be using that 1.5-inch touch-enabled display with removable bends. Interestingly, it will also feature a magnetic power connector like the one on the Microsoft Surface tablet. It can power up the device and transmit data at the same time, but it is not yet confirmed whether it will indeed be in the final device.

source: The Verge

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26 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

pfffffffffff... i hate these kind of watches :/ absolutely unnecessary...............

4. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

absolutely agreed. hell, people don't even wear watches anymore because of the phones they have. few people that i know who still wear watches also check on their phones for the time. sooo i guess that's that. this is just another try from the companies to bring retro back with a bit of tech and sell it overpriced for no particular reason. totally uncalled for in my opinion.

5. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I dont wear a watch either, to me, a watch if more like an accessory like earrings are to females. I only wear one while attending events, most of the time my watch stays in my drawer.

26. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Unlike you my friends, I always wear a casio but I don't think I need a smartwatch, too

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Daaayyuum! You guys shrank the 920 into the wrist! How about a new movie? 'Honey, i shrank the 920'.

3. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

It'll come with ODS (optical display stabilization) so that you can watch videos in it while jerking off!

12. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Raunak Vikas?

18. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Raunak Vikas is not my full name if that's what you're asking.

23. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Is that so much to ask?

24. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Not at all. We should sign a petition :D

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Yeah, quite funny to see that 920 strapped to wrist xD

7. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Raunak ,that was hilarious!!!

8. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Raunak ,that was hilarious!!!.....right on the money

9. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Lol nice

10. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Removable band, mhmm, that's what I want from a smart watch. It will make it both a fashion piece, stylistic and accessorised.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So.......what will Nokia name it? Nokia Lumia 0.920? :P By the way, I'm glad to hear that Nokia is making a smartwatch too! Good luck Nokia! :)

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Ummm...it's microsoft buddy, not Nokia, lol.

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If it's Microsoft, then it will be Nokia too! :)

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The Surfaces aren't Nokia. The name they would have would be interesting. Surface Wrist? Surface Watch?

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh, silly me! Yup, this is Microsoft's! They should name it Surface Wristwatch! lol xD

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Could be 'Surf-watch' or 'Watch-(f)ace'...:)

13. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

It makes sense. Didn't they shut down that 3rd party that wanted to make a Windows Phone watch.

14. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

MS waited way too late to get serious about the smartphone market and tablets. Maybe they're ahead (or at least on par) with the curve this time.

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

SONY WANABE™ XEROX™

21. dilse

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Microsoft Little live Tiles

25. ItsMyChoice

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

who ever made this pic has spoiled graphics designers impression.

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