iWatch what Apple does: Microsoft plans health-tracking smartwatch of its own | Cult of Mac

iWatch what Apple does: Microsoft plans health-tracking smartwatch of its own



There have been many wearables and quantified-health applications over the past few years, but most have steered clear of proclaiming themselves medical devices. Some of the rumors about the iWatch (such as the fact that it will be able to listen to the sound blood makes as it flows through arteries, and use this to predict heart attacks) may sound a bit too good to be true. But the number of biosensor and biomedical engineers Apple has snapped up recently makes us think the iWatch could be a device that crosses over firmly into the "medical monitoring" category.

According to one recent report, a reason for the long delay before launch is that Apple is awaiting certification from the Food and Drug Administration to get the iWatch approved as medical equipment. Given Apple's recent announcement of the Health app for iOS 8 to collect and show data on calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels and more, plus the conspicuous absence of a health-tracking fitness band in Apple's last iPhone 5s ad, the idea that the iWatch will be geared toward health seems as close to a foregone conclusion as you get for a device that hasn't even been officially announced yet.

Are you sitting down? Because this news may shock you.

With the iWatch reportedly set to arrive later this year, noted original thinkers Microsoft recently published a patent related to its own dive into the Wonderful World of Wearables.

Amazingly enough, Microsoft’s plans suggest the company is planning to take on the previously uncharted waters of fitness tracking — with a somewhat familiar-sounding device capable of keeping tabs on the wearer’s pulse, displaying the number of calories burns during a workout, and measuring distance traveled.

In addition, the patent describes a smartwatch which also offers support for messaging, phone calls and music controls, along with a dock that can double as an alarm clock.

Microsoft watch

But where would Microsoft be without taking a perfectly adequate idea and then needlessly complicating it? Fortunately they have that base covered too, since the patent notes how the watch display would be able to pop out from the wristband for use with other exercise equipment.

Maybe it can be as successful as Microsoft’s versions of the iPad and the iPhone.

Source: Patent Bolt