A surprising rumor has surfaced today claiming that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. The gadget is a smartwatch that will passively track a wearer's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. The new smartwatch is reportedly to boast of a two day battery with regular use.
Forbes notes that a wearable would mark Microsoft's first foray into a new device category under CEO Satya Nadella. Forbes first reported on this back in May that Microsoft was working on a smart watch that drew on optical engineering expertise from its Kinect division. That was the very same timeframe that we covered a US patent filing from Microsoft covering smartwatch.
Patently Mobile (formerly Patent Bolt) covered Microsoft's smartwatch patent in detail. The smartwatch invention describes apps for music, an alarm clock, messaging, and telephony. More importantly, the invention describes the use of biometrics to track a user's heart rate, pulse and how many calories a user is burning, very much like what Apple Watch Sport will be providing at launch time.
Microsoft's patent also revealed a unique charging dock that could launch with their new watch. To review more of Microsoft's thinking on a smartwatch that could find its way to market in the coming weeks, check out our Patently Mobile report. For the record, Microsoft was also granted a design patent for a smartwatch back in March.
Lastly, over the weekend our Patently Mobile blog covered a second wearable device patent application from Microsoft that describes a future clip on camera that could be a GoPro challenger working in sync with future Microsoft smartphones and tablets.
If Microsoft's smartwatch was to launch in November, it would definitely give Samsung Gear unexpected competition.