NEW YORK: Microsoft Corp. is getting ready to commence a smartwatch within next few weeks that will passively track the user’s heat rate and operate across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday.
The wearable gadget’s battery life span will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing that unnamed sources close to the project.
It’s a surprising development in the ongoing conversation about wearable that till now has been dominated by Samsung and Apple.
The device will draw on optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division to continuously measure heart rate through the day and night, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s planes.
Crucially, it appears the smartwatch won’t just tie in with Windows Phone devices, but will also work with both iPhones and Android smartphones.
It will turn up in store soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture holiday season.
Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on September 9 that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications and will go on sale in early 2015, while Samsung Electronics Co unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September 2013.