ME TOO GADGET DESIGNER Microsoft reportedly is working on a touch enabled watch, sources close to the firm have said, that is likely to channel features found on Windows Phone 8.
Details are thin on the ground, but according to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential "watch-style device".
According to one of the supplier's executives, they met with Microsoft's research and development team at its headquarters in Redmond. It looks like it could just be a research project, though, as the suppliers said they were unsure whether the firm will go ahead with the watch development.
If true, Microsoft will be the third major company rumoured to be developing a wearable gadget. It was reported earlier this year that both Samsung and Apple have such projects in development.
It was reported in February that Apple talked with Foxconn about assembling a "wearable electronic device", which supposedly is an electronic watch that has some of the functions found on its iPhone and iPad devices.
It wasn't long after that when Samsung insisted it has been preparing a similar smart watch product for some time and is "working very hard to get ready for it".
Like Microsoft, neither Apple nor Samsung spilled any more details about device functions, but if the firms do go ahead their smart watch devices are likely to reflect some of the features seen in the Pebble watch that was funded on Kickstarter.
Costing $150 and coming in black, grey, white, red and orange colours, the Pebble watch can have apps loaded onto it over Bluetooth from an iPhone or Android device, and different wallpapers, fonts, notification icons and that kind of thing.
Weighing 62g, the Pebble watch will work with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S running iOS 5, any iPod Touch with iOS 5, and devices running Android 2.3 and up, so you will be able to read texts delivered to your smartphone without having to take it out of your pocket.
We've contacted Microsoft in the hope that it will shine some light on the rumours. µ
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