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After years of development, Microsoft is finally planning to launch a wearable device. Recent reports have shed some light on Microsoft's plans to enter the competitive smart watch market with its own fitness-oriented wearable device.
Now, according to Microsoft News, the Redmond-based giant recently filed patents, all of which are related to fitness and health. This isn't for the first time we're hearing that Microsoft's smartwatch might actually be presented as a key rival to the Samsung Gear Fit.
Back in July, a report from Microsoft expert Paul Thurrott over at SuperSite for Windows also claimed a wearable will be a wristband and designed similarly to Samsung's Gear Fit.
The latest report, meanwhile, claims the new smartwatch will be capable of recognizing the exercises you make, with a total of 10 different sensors to collect information and display it to the screen at the end of the session.
Here's what an excerpt from each patents reads:
Personal raining with physical activity monitoring device
"A physical activity monitoring device receives a workout regimen including a plurality of exercises. For each of the plurality of exercises, the physical activity monitoring device indicates that exercise to a user and measures physical activity attributes of the user. The physical activity monitoring device outputs information regarding the user's progress towards completion of that exercise based on the physical activity attributes."
Extending gameplay with physical activity monitoring device
"A physical activity monitoring device receives an indication of one or more physical activities to be performed as an extension of a game being played on a game system and measures physical activity attributes of a user wearing the physical activity monitoring device. The physical activity monitoring device determines the user's progress towards completion of the one or more physical activities based on the physical activity attributes and outputs to the game device an indication of the user's progress towards completion of the one or more physical activities."
Automatic exercise segmentation and recognition
"A physical activity monitoring device includes a sensor array with one or more sensors configured to measure physical activity attributes of a user. A controller automatically determines time intervals where the user is actively engaged in a physical activity based on the physical activity attributes. The controller also automatically determines a type of physical activity the user in actively engaged in during the determined time intervals based on the physical activity attributes. A reporter outputs information regarding the type of physical activity to the user."
According to previous rumors, the Microsoft-made wearable device might be compatible with Windows, Android and iOS platforms. So far there's no more info available in respect to Microsoft's hybrid wearable device. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!