Microsoft working on smart watch - report

2014-05-30 09:29
Samsung is hoping to drive wearable technology with the Galaxy Gear smart watch. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Samsung is hoping to drive wearable technology with the Galaxy Gear smart watch. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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San Francisco - Microsoft plans to weigh into the wearable computing market with a smart watch, Forbes reported on Thursday.

The US technology tighten tapped into talent behind its gesture-sensing Kinect accessory for Xbox video game consoles to help make a sensor-loaded smart watch, according to Forbes.

Smart watch capabilities were said to include fitness features such as measuring and tracking heart rates.

Like the growing array of "wearable computing" devices, Microsoft's creation will be designed to synch wirelessly to applications in smartphones, Forbes said.

In April, market tracker IDC predicted sales of wearable tech items would triple this year to 19 million units worldwide, growing to 111.9 million by 2018.

IDC said the wearable sector is still led by fitness trackers such as Jawbone UP and Fitbit devices.

"The increased buzz has prompted more vendors to announce their intentions to enter this market," IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said in a statement released with the forecast.

"Most importantly, end users have warmed to their simplicity in terms of design and functionality, making their value easy to understand and use."

Apple is also rumoured to be working on an "iWatch", although the company has not commented on that. Rival Samsung has meanwhile launched a range of smart wearable devices including the Galaxy Gear and the Gear Fit.

Google, meanwhile, recently opened its Glass "explorer" programme to anyone in the US with $1 500 to spend on the internet-connected eyewear.

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