Microsoft smartwatch coming with iOS and Android, constantly measure Heart Rate
Windows maker is working on a new smartwatch complete with an always-on heart rate monitor. What’s more, the watch, which could offer cross-platform support, may be available as soon as this summer.
Microsoft’s watch is similar in appearance to Samsung’s Gear Fit and will feature a touchscreen display positioned on the inside of the wrist for ease of viewing and privacy. Current smartwatch and fitness tracker wearables use everything from dot matrix to OLED displays, but most are placed on top of the wrist like a traditional watch.
This watch will reportedly collect health data day and night, such as your heart rate, and will work with Android, iOS and Windows Phones alike. An always-on heart rate monitor would be a step up from current generation fitness wearables that need to have their monitors activated before they can take a reading. With more data being collected, it’s possible that Microsoft’s smartwatch could provide users with a more accurate reading of their overall heart rate and fitness stats.
A cross-platform smartwatch would represent another bold move by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to create a product that works across other rival platforms, not just Windows.