Microsoft ‘Surface Watch’ spotted being tested in NYC

“Yes, it’s true — Microsoft is about to get into the smartwatch game, and I got the opportunity to play with it,” Andru Edwards reports for Gear Live. “A number of months ago I took a trip to New York where I came across someone who was testing the upcoming Microsoft wearable device. I saw it on their wrist and asked about it. They tried to explain that it was a random fitness wristband ordered from China at first, but eventually (with some prodding) gave me the scoop.”

“It has an elongated form factor… It is much more akin to something like the Fitbit One or Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in shape rather than taking on the shape of a traditional watch, like Pebble did, or like what Google showed off with Android Wear,” Edwards reports. “What we saw had a flat display, while the inner portion that would rest against your skin was curved.”

“The watch is packed with sensors. It has a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and most interestingly, a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The galvanic skin response sensor is built into the watch band, while everything else is built into the unit itself,” Edwards reports. “Microsoft’s plan is to ensure that the Surface smartwatch works across different platforms. So far, we’ve learned that it’ll be compatible with iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows, OS X, and even Xbox One. Teams are hard at work on building software for each platform that will give users of each a full experience.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If they brand it with “Surface,” Microsoft is even stupider than they look.

See also: Clueless companies race to debut stupidwatches before Apple defines the smartwatch.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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17 Comments

  1. People may find the cross platform capability attractive. It would make gift giving easier. It will likely be communicating with Healthkit and Health not much differently than Apple’s offering.

    1. Except that you have no idea what Apple will offer. The “shopping list” of features of the Surface watch sound nice. But as we all know here at MDN, a list of features is worthless without perfect execution, and that is something MIcro$oft no little about. 🙂

      1. I have heard this from Microsoft so many times before an opponents (especially Apple) imminent launch of a new product. Yet not once has a serious competitor actually arrived as promised. Becoming sad now.

  2. After all this market fixation on wristwatches, it will turn out that “iWatch” is a software framework for supporting FitBit and other bio-monitoring devices (“watch” your health), controlling your home and checking its security cameras (“watch” your residence)…

    1. Now that would be a disaster. We don’t want any damn software framework, we want cool, efficiently designed hardware that only Apple can provide.

  3. Rectangular Galaxy Gear look = fail. I don’t want anything like that crap on my wrist. The only way the iWatch will succeed is if it maintains the traditional watch look. It’s what that piece of Google vapor ware got right, and I have no doubt that Jony Ive agrees.

  4. Oh boy, another Microsoft device nobody wants. More lonely warehouse filler. Boy you don’t get much more desperate or clueless than the folks in Redmond though they are eternal but unsubstantiated & unrewarded optimists.

  5. “If they brand it with “Surface,” Microsoft is even stupider than they look.”

    Hey, they could have branded it “Zune”. Give them credit…

    OTOH, it will probably work fine with Apple’s HealthKit…

  6. Every tech company will need to advance to the next model of computing. Hardware will evolve. EVERY tech company will evolve. Some will create, some will copy. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is can you build a sustainable business from it. In the wearables field this may be difficult. The volume of available customers is not anywhere near the order of magnitude to make this a blockbuster category.

    Smart watch? come on. Look at your wrist. See a watch there? Didn’t think so.

    iWatch will be a software framework. It will be wildly popular.

  7. Thankfully, the picture with the article is a joke.

    Microsoft, as a company, has consistently been crap at hardware. I’m kind of afraid of what bugs will be in this thing. But on paper it sounds almost passable.

    But then there’s that ‘Surface’ name that was made synonymous with crap as far back as ‘The Big Ass Table’ days of yore. We all know damned well that those nasty Surface tablets were DOA and are being kept alive on Office and Windows money. I was expecting it would be tossed into their leftover iPhone Coffin this summer, but apparently not. And that’s a good thing because it means Microsoft is blowing its bankroll. The faster, the sooner, the better. 😀

  8. Hang on. How many people live in New York? And this journo just happened to bump into someone who had this smart watch on. And who with just a little prodding gave him the scoop.

    Yeah right.

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