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Health at Wrist: Apple not alone in iWatch race, Microsoft also planning for MSWatch

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Patent application reveals Microsoft Watch with biometric scan tool
  • Health at Wrist: Apple not alone in iWatch race, Microsoft also planning for MSWatch
    Health at Wrist: Apple not alone in iWatch race, Microsoft also planning for MSWatch
    After Samsung, Sony, LG, Apple and others in the race to launch a smartwatch, Microsoft is also planning to launch one.
    Recently patent documents related to a new device from Microsoft has been spotted that detail about a smartwatch that will also keep a tab on the users health.
    Here’s what the description says-
    “…portable information device having a housing including a top surface defined at least partially by a display, a bottom surface configured with a central region in which an optical sensor, electrical connector, and data connector are positioned, the housing enclosing an internal volume in which a processor is provided, the top surface and bottom surface being coupled by a perimeter side edge extending therebetween, and a mounting structure formed at least partially around the perimeter side edge of the housing. The system may further include a frame, which may be connected to a band, the frame surrounding a void and configured to receive the mounting structure, the frame and mounting structure being releasably securable via a tongue and groove connection. The system may further comprise a dock to which the information device may be connected.”
    The details further say that the device might use a GPS system, altimeters, and stopwatches, for example, and may track a user's speed, position and time while running, bicycling, skiing, etc.
    Another interesting part is the way in which the new gadget will get a biometric scanner. There will be a (or multiple) light sensor and an optical sensor in the bottom part of the watch that will use a light emitter. The light emitter will use a beam of light into the “skin of a user”, and the light sensor will measure the biometric parameters of a user. That means, things like blood pressure, heart beat rate could be measured.
    Microsoft will also address the problem of devices that wearable devices could face. For example – the issue of removing the fasteners for washing can be cumbersome and cause wear and tear on the band as it is repeatedly inserted and removed from securing ring.
    This could mean the company is looking at a water proof device that could is dropped in water with the band.
    The US patent application number 20140121539 with patent application number 13/663325 has been filed by Microsoft on October 29, 2012. To have a look at the documents, click here.
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