With all the buzz of smartwatches lately, software giant, Microsoft, has decided to throw there hat in this crowded ring.
Asian suppliers are being asked by Microsoft to ship components for a potential touch-enabled watch device, the suppliers executives told The Wall Street Journal. One of the executives told The Wall Street Journal that after meeting with their research and development team in Redmond, Washington, that it is still unclear on whether or not Microsoft will commit to producing such a device.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has looked into manufacturing a smartwatch. After pouring tons of money and effort into partnering with watchmakers such as Fossil, Swatch, and Suunto on high-end touch screen models that would cost as much as $800, Microsoft decided to pull the project in 2008.
If Microsoft decided to market the wrist-worn technology, it would join the group of technology leaders reportedly looking to produce a smartwatch. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like iOS devices, and Bloomberg reported that Apple has an estimated 100 people working on a smartwatch project. Bill Campbell, Board Member at Apple, recently gave more attention to those reports by discussing the value of “intimate” devices such as cell phones and Google Glasses.
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