Xbox team testing smartwatch - Report

Microsoft reportedly prototyping wrist-worn device with 1.5-inch touch-enabled display.

A "reliable source" has told The Verge that Microsoft's Xbox team is testing a wrist-worn smartwatch. The company has reportedly been working on the technology for over a year.

Last year, it was reported that Microsoft was working on a "Joule" heart rate monitor to be used as a peripheral for new Kinect-enabled exercise technology. The Verge now understands that Microsoft has shifted its focus to the smartwatch.

The watch is believed to be in prototype phase, currently in development by the same team that worked on Xbox accessories and Kinect. The device reportedly features removable bands attached to a 1.5-inch touch-enabled display.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report on the story, citing supply chain sources with the information.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time."

If Microsoft is in fact working on a smartwatch, it won't be the first time the company has done so. Microsoft launched a range of SPOT smartwatches in 2004 that used radio signals to pull in news, weather forecasts, and stock quotes. These devices were discontinued in 2008.

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saadomar90
saadomar90

I was one of the few idiots to buy the Zune HD on it's release date. It was a nice MP3 player with a sweet interface. But ever since Microsoft failed with it and made it all about the Windows phone and discontinued Zune (except it's program), I stopped putting faith in any hardware MS puts out. I'll stick to your Xbox and your Windows computer. But the rest is excess and poinless. No THANK YOU. 

SpiderLuke
SpiderLuke

This picture looks like they are trying to rip her clothes off.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I just thought, what if it is s removable device from the controller to be a smart watch? That could be feasible and possibly cool in some aspects.

Venthyx
Venthyx

Rumors. Rumors. Rumors.

Divad222
Divad222

With Xbox support i bet...

Keeper_Artemus
Keeper_Artemus

Haha! Bill Gates.... He looks a little uncomfortable.  He's like, "Hey wait, why I am here?"

Gegglington
Gegglington

hi im bill gates gimp with the big nose were all testing the bill gates rape prevention alarm still going through beta testing still a few bugs hes caught one

DLazarek
DLazarek

This story is exactly 16 days late, by my estimation.

mattress805
mattress805

"Impress your friends, wow the ladies, with our new Dorkometer timepiece. Guaranteed to turn heads while shaking your moneymaker to Dance Central 12."

JBo796
JBo796

I wonder if Bill Gates has an Ipad or and Android tablet...

ken_wakashimazu
ken_wakashimazu

i can't wait for the "chronometer" and "calendar"  day 1 dlc's for 4.99$ each.

it's going to be epic.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

You can tell Bill Gates wore a calculator watch when he was in high school. Still thinks it's cool too.

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

Is Bill Gates punching that woman's boob? The watches must contain some sort of mind control. Or not?

enoslives7
enoslives7

EPIC FAIL

WTF is microsoft doing?!?!? They should be fixing windows 8, not producing worthless gimmicks. Bill Gates is a pariah.

torrne667
torrne667

1.5inch touchscreen?so basically anywhere i touch on the screen IS the whole screen! Fucking useless tat, has he been mixing with nintendo R+D people or what?

jerryatricrejec
jerryatricrejec

Bill you 'ol horn dog! Going straight for the tit punch... 

Hurvl
Hurvl

I want Mischa Barton, but I don't want that watch. Is that a failure on the marketing side or just me being weird/non-representative.

Gegglington
Gegglington

dont fffing move bitch or your family will be swimming with the fishes just smile act natural

Zetsuie
Zetsuie

they look like they're trying to kidnap the poor lady...

franzito
franzito

Mischa Barton, Bill Gates and "someone" to promote a "smartwatch"? I mean, really?

Pre_ordered_PS4
Pre_ordered_PS4

Bill trying to get a grope of her breast, the dirty bastard 

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

Classy analogue watches will still be king over gimmicky stuff like this. Watches can be a lot more about fashion than functionality, although there is plenty market for both.

I still encourage this only to see more future advances in consumer tech

corrus
corrus

I know that chick from somewhere

Dagus0323
Dagus0323

it looks like bill gates is trying to rape that poor woman

detonadoma
detonadoma

wow look at the size of that dude's nose!

DarthLod
DarthLod

DISCONNECT!!! Stop with all these stupid devices. I refuse them all.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

1.5 inch touch screen? Good job selling that in America, you might as well just have one button. 


Americans are fat.

samidiab
samidiab

mmm Xbox team. so I am assuming that, this watchs need to be connected to the internet so they can function too , and we need to deal with it also .(being sarcastic)

Armysniper89
Armysniper89

@Rattlesnake_8 that is because it was from years ago I believe. Microsoft made a smart watch over a decade ago but it never took off. This was when Microsoft created the first "smart phone" in the ugly Windows phone. I dont think this picture is what Microsoft is selling but I might be wrong. Gates looks too young in the pic.

Gegglington
Gegglington

@Dagus0323 were all testing the bill gates rape prevention alarm still going through beta testing still a few bugs hes caught one

Lhomity
Lhomity

@franzito @corrus Also, in The Sixth Sense. She was the little sick girl who made videos of her puppets, and of her mother poisoning her food to keep her sick.