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Microsoft patent surfaces for smartwatch with fitness capability

Microsoft patent application shows off a smartwatch that has fitness features and a feature that none of the other smartwatches offer

By: Shane McGlaun from May 7, 2014 @ 6:32 CDT

Wearables are booming right now with more and more of the devices hitting the market all the time. Apple is constantly rumored to be working on the iWatch and a new patent has surfaced from Microsoft that shows the software giant is looking to get into the market.


The patent shows a smartwatch that has heart rate monitoring and other health and fitness capabilities. It will show how many calories the wearer burns like most products out there. One interesting difference between the Microsoft smartwatch seen in the patent and others on the market is that the Microsoft product can be detached from the watchband.

When detached the electronics portion of the smartwatch can be used with other hardware. Accessories for the device are tipped such as an alarm clock and perhaps a separate charging dock. There is no indication of Microsoft will actually build the watch the patent outlines or when it might land.


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