WSJ: Microsoft is working on a smartwatch, could be called ‘Spot’

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When a trend in technology gets hot everyone jumps on board. A couple years ago the huge trend was tablets. Then it changed to smaller tablets. Now we are to a whole new device entirety: smartwatches.

Everyone is talking about them now, thanks in large part to Pebble, the hugely successful Kickstarter project. Almost every tech company on Earth has been rumored to be making a smartwatch of their own, and now it’s Microsoft’s turn. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled smartwatch. This is according to multiple unnamed supply chain sources.

A Windows-powered smartwatch would go up against the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung, who are also rumored to be working on watches of their own. Back in 2004 Microsoft started on a project called SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology). The device could send IMs, read news headlines, stock information, and weather forecasts all with just FM radio signals. In 2008 Microsoft ended production of the devices.

If Microsoft does create a smartwatch we could see them recycle the Spot name like they did with Surface. Whether or not the future is about smartwatches has yet to be seen, but it is a very popular trend that Microsoft can’t afford to miss.

Would you wear a Windows-powered smartwatch?

[via The Verge]


  • Joey Alonge

    “Back in 2004 Microsoft started on a project called SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology). The device could send IMs, read news headlines, stock information, and weather forecasts all with just FM radio signals. In 2008 Microsofr killed the product and it never saw the light of day.”

    Might want to check you facts there for something that never saw the light of day i owned 3 of these watches bought at actual stores and from Microsoft themselves. Also spell check would be good to use also.

  • WinSource

    Good catch. Got some bad information.

  • Yikes!

    Yes, but not if they look anything like those! Those look like cheap toys from a cracker jack box!

  • Joey Alonge

    Thanks for the quick fix, great job on the site

  • Edgar Cervantes

    Windows Phone has a great interface for smaller screens. A UI like the one displayed in the image would make perfect sense! But really, let’s hope the design is nothing like that. lol