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Microsoft smartwatch teased with recent patent filing, looks super sleek

It’s no secret that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch of some kind. We’ve seen patents filed and have heard rumors for quite some time. Wearables and the Internet of Things is the future of technology and one Microsoft is intent on being a big part of. Today we’re looking at a patent granted to Microsoft for an "electronic band."

Last week we saw another patent granted to Microsoft that teased their upcoming smartwatch plans. That patent described a device with fitness-tracking features and a detachable body. That body could then be removed from the wrist band and attached to other accessories like a belt clip or lanyard. The body itself featured a touch panel where you could interact with to see different information displayed.

Microsoft Smartwatch

That patent included a dock where you could attach the body, presumably to charge or sync. Something we’ve seen other smartwatches like the Galaxy Gear or Qualcomm Toq do.

Microsoft Smartwatch

The filing discovered today shows off an electronic band that looks similar to previous patent images we’ve seen from Microsoft. Carl Ledbetter, the man behind the design at Xbox, is listed as one of the inventors.

Anyone looking forward to a smartwatch from Microsoft? The design in the patent images looks very sleek. Better than [Android Wear](https://www.androidcentral.com/android-wear "Android Wear")? We'll see.

Source: USPTO, Google Patents Via: WMPU

278 Comments
  • Cool!
  • Yeah, and i've been one of those guys who never really wanted a smartwatch. But if done right, i might love it. I do a lot of walking and stuff, so this would be cool. That way i don't have to drain my phone's battery to track me. The samsung one is just stupid because it try's to be too much.
  • Exactly
  • +Icon
  • I'm in! Have a Nike Fuel - looking forward to something that can be used cross platform.
  • I wonder what happened to Nokia Smartwatch *flexible ?
  • Been waiting for this.
  • Same here, looks very good for a smartwatch.
  • No thanks. I'm more interested in what Nokia may release.
  • You mean Microsoft?
  • No. I mean Nokia. The real Nokia.
  • So in otherwords, you're nothing but a troll.
  • It takes one to know one I guess?
  • Thats argument is for three year olds. I'll bet you know what a toilet bowl is, so.. Does that make you one?
  • priceless response dude lol good one
  • This guy is definitely a troll. See his posts on Android central especially this http://www.androidcentral.com/nokia-x-software-update-adds-little-more-m...
  • Djcbs u have no option use this
  • Oh, not Nokia....Microkia....
  • No, he means the Nokia that exists only in his head. The one that still produces mobile devices independent of their mobile devices division.
  • If you weren't an idiot you'd know that Nokia not only still exists but has an R&D division (under Technologies) that's precisely developing these kinds of things.
    But then again, that would require you to not be an idiot.
  • Nokia isn't going to release a smartwatch. If you weren't an idiot, you'd know that Nokia isn't that kind of company anymore. But then again...
  • If you weren't illiterate you'd have read what is the mission of Nokia's technologies division. But them again...
  • You could less of a douche but then again... 
  • Then again I'm less of one than you.
  • yea, you've really shown that.
  • "Them again" ?
  • Listen people, stop being so stupid. Nokia is still a separate company and it can produce devices if it wants. I think the Microsoft deal blocked them from doing it for around five years, but after that period passes, they can go back to making phones. Nokia kept ALL the patents except for some design ones. AND they even kept a factory, the one in India that was having tax issues. Therefore, yes, Nokia can make smartwatches, they have patents for them, and their patents look way cooler than this.
  • No. Years sooner than that.  Nothing in the deal prevents them from re-entering the smart-mobile devices market (including phones) by about the end of 2015 if I remember what I read correctly. However, they'd have to assemble a team and an operations strategy from scratch, having divested 27,000 employees and most of their accumulated manufacturing division. But then again, maybe they'd decided they couldn't compete with Asian manufacturers in the long run, are happy MS has all that to deal with and could - with a lean engineering staff (and the aforementioned patents) - "Foxconn their way back into the market" with design chops (tho' probably not that soon). Whatever, Nokia's still a going concern in some areas they're doing well in - and shed a lot of anchors that were dragging them under as well as losing some things that they're sorry to lose.  And still have a bunch of smart people and the implicit backing of a determinedly independent, tough nation. (MS also had to agree to maintain lots of jobs in Finland for the ops they bought as well, btw. Though the majority of the employees are in other countries.) 
  • Microsoft purchased the entire Devices section of Nokia. Ergo all the hardware, including any smartwatch.  
  • No. Not ask the hardware. Nokias R&D division had their own hardware just like the former NSN.
  • I'm not sure if you're trying to troll or if you're just in an advanced stage of denial. ALL NOKIA HARDWARE as of April 2014 is a subsidiary of Microsoft. This doesnt take away Nokia's identity, Satya Nadella already stated that Nokia's device creativity and innovation wouldn't be held back or changed by Microsoft in anyway. Microsoft just pays the bills and signs the checks.  
  • Dude, Nokia is Nokia, Microsoft is Microsoft. Nokia no longer produces phones. That doesn't mean Nokia CAN'T produce other technologies. Their R&D division remains intact and can produce hardware. It's not my fault you don't grasp the deal that took place.
  • Apparently I grasp it better than you, all hardware endeavors by Nokia from this point on are funded by Microsoft.     
  • Go read Nokia's website (the real one, not the one controlled by Microsoft). I'm tired of wasting my Latin with stubborn folks like you.
  • Oh gawd...are you still on your cult like mission of semantics?
  • So why do you keep doing it then! Oh I forgot - of course you do it because you're an idiot, illiterate, troll, douche-bag, rolled into one! Nokia doesn't care what you're doing so that makes you all of the above.
  • If you read the official press release, and even on Microsoft's site itself, it says "Nokia DEVICES"... not "phones"... and what do you see in the photo?  A TABLET.  They bought their entire HARDWARE devision, not just Phones.  The only thing left with the original Nokia is the location services.  They are now a service company.  Deal with it.  You'll still see awesome hardware since it's the SAME PEOPLE... just under a different name... gosh.
  • No, They are different Companys. MICROSOFT does not own nokia ^^ only their (ex) devices division.
  • Exactly... Key word being DEVICES!
  • Nokia's Technologies division also works on devices.
  • Ok then.. We'll just have to wait and see what the two companies release... I'd take a watch from either one.. Win win situation for me.. I love Nokia, and MS... Lol!
  • And I'm only interested in what Nokia may bring forth in the future. I don't even like smartwatches! Or watches in general, for that matter! lol That's why I'm not interested in what Microsoft may present. Neither Microsoft, nor Apple, nor Google. The only OEM that so far I'm curious about is Motorola and that's only because their smartwatch is actually circular and I'm curious to see how they implemented that.
  • I agree with the idea of the curcular watch. I won't get one that looks like a minature Surface on my arm, especially if it looks like it was born in a bag of Skittles.
  • You don't have to keep repeating yourself. You already made it very clear since last year that you're only interested in Nokia, and once Micorosft gets hold of the D&S, you'd be leaving for the iPhone 5S, the Z1 and the Z2, the Nokia X, the whatever. So what are you still doing here!!! 
  • Dude, why do you go to such lengths to comment on potential microsoft smart watches (that have nothing to do with Nokia smart watches) given the fact you "dont even like smart watches" and the only one youre interested in has nothing to do with this article. I try to give your comments the benefit of the doubt, but its pretty easy to understand a lot of other people's POV on you.
  • alright enough with these... the whole stupid thread went south.
  • Nokia gave up it's entire device division to Microsoft and the rights to their patent portfolio for for the next 5 years or so. They said they would be focusing on Here Maps for the foreseeable future.
  • A Nokia HERE Watch?
  • Enough "vapor comments" ("Can!" "Cannot!" "Can too!" "Sez you!") A few facts can settle this: "[Nokia's] new structure will see Nokia focus on selling mobile broadband infrastructure to providers through its NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) division and mapping through its HERE operation. Nokia’s Advanced Technologies division will explore new businesses and licences of new patents.  NSN boss Rajeev Suri said Nokia will “continue to deliver innovation”  through these remaining businesses. HERE  .. "intends to accelerate our investments in areas such as the connected car, automatic cars, and maps which can update in real-time. The growth in smart cars will open a new value chain." ... "Nokia’s Advanced Technologies division [AT] has a mission to discover the ‘next big thing’ in technology." ... ...mobile broadband was an “area with considerable opportunity”. It [Nokia] sold £1.037 billion of equipment in Q3 last year, rising to £1.287 billion in Q4. ... ...new deals to supply LTE networks  in October and December to US operator Sprint and Chinese operator China Telecom were cause for optimism about Nokia’s future. “All three of the world’s largest LTE networks use NSN tech..." [And despite losses during 2012 and into 13] "Over the whole of 2013, net sales fell only one per cent, from £440 million to £436 million. The AT business is expected to benefit from Samsung’s five-year extension to its Nokia patent licence agreement, plus Nokia licensed many new patents in Q4. “The sale of the phone business to Microsoft will not harm innovation here,” Ihamuotila said He said Nokia filed 900 patent applications last year of which around 600 came from AT. Patents licensed to Microsoft for 10 years will increase AT sales too. It expects the Microsoft deal – which will see some Nokia patents licensed to the company for 10 years – means AT sales will rise to around £492 million by the end of 2014. http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/2014/02/11/nokia-bloodbath-could-turn-int...
      So OK, that's who the new maybe more nimble Nokia is, and yeah they build devices. Great big heavy ones that help build the backbone of LTE systems.  And could build small ones by 2015 as commented earlier and confirmed here:  http://seekingalpha.com/article/1679072-will-nokia-phones-make-a-comebac... But probably won't for at least awhile. And no one commenting here (if anyone even at Nokia at this point) know when or if they will. So what were we talking about in the nearer future anyway?  MS watch designs anyone?
     
  • This probably is what Nokia is working on.. What???? Microkia.. Come on now!
  • I don't care what Microsoft Mobile is doing. I care about what Nokia's Technologies division is doing ;)
  • Bro.. That part of Nokia is now under the microsoft umbrella.
  • No, it's not. Nokia Technologies is a division of Nokia post-deal.
  • Nokia cannot and will not survive without Microsoft. What's left of Nokia won't last very long on their own.
  • Oh, don't go there today.. Please don't take it there... It's mothers day for Christ sake..
  • That would be for the sake of Mothers Day.
  • Right!!!... I'm tired of arguing about MS/Nokia...
  • (ps - It's only mother's day in the US. Mothers day alredy passed a week ago)
  • Lol!!! I know...
  • LOL Nokia has been around long before Microsoft and will be around long after Microsoft.
  • Yes, producing rubber boots.
  • May I suggest a subscription to the Wall Street Journal or FT? Other Nokia divisions were profitable..
  • That's funny, because I don't think WP would have as much traction and attention without Nokia.
  • Dude Nokia is going to make money from cellular network technology, patents and researching the next big thing. They'll be around for a long time. Maybe even one day in the future they MIGHT release a meego device, big might though.
  • Nokia will not only survive, but prosper!
  • The only part of Nokia that is not under the Microsoft umbrella is the SERVICES. I/e HERE Maps, Nokia MixRadio etc. All Nokia hardware from this point comes from the division of Nokia that Microsft bought.   Sorry.  
  • Agree, just services and car navigation stuffs.
  • You're so but so wrong, my friend. Really, really wrong. The only thing that moved to Microsoft was the mobile division and services with them associated (like MixRadio). All that is part of the R&D division remains at Nokia, including patents and technologies.
  • Devices = HARDWARE Microsoft now owns the division of Nokia that produces HARDWARE components. Why this bothers you I don't know, as Nokia would be shutting down without Microsoft coming in and taking over the balance sheets.
  • WRONG. How stupid can you be? The hardware from the mobile devices isn't the same hardware from the R&D division. IT'S SEPARATE. Nothing prevents the R&D division from producing hardware. Nothing. What Microsoft bought was the D&S division, meaning the employees that produced the phones. However, the R&D division develops technologies separately. For example, they developed the PureView tech. Then that tech was moved to the D&S division for them to include in their phones. Here, from Nokia's Technologies division purpose: "Through Technologies, Nokia will invest in the further development of its industry-leading innovation portfolio. This will include expanding our successful IP licensing program, helping other companies and organizations benefit from our breakthrough innovations, and exploring new technologies for use in potential future products and services."   This is NOKIA saying. Not Microsoft nor Microsoft Mobile. Grasp the difference now? Or should I draw you a diagram?
  • Why are you so hostile? LOL Microsoft bought the hardware division of Nokia I don't know why this is so personally offending to you,
  • He's crazy.
  • He's passionate...............
  • you're coddling him
  • Lmao
  • he's passionate like the NSA is passionate about privacy. definitely has everyones best interest at heart /s
  • You know, you're making a real dick of yourself.  All you have to do is read the contract between Nokia and Microsoft.  Nokia are legally prevented from doing anything like this for 5 years.  Any work in progress at the time of the deal became the property of Microsoft.  This is what they got paid money for. Legally, Nokia Technologies can R&D any kind of device they like until the reindeer come home.  But legally, Nokia ar not allowed to sell it and they can't license it off to another company.   It's all there in black & white.
  • FWIW, before you refute what I'm going to say outright, let me see if I can put another spin on that statement that will clear this up.  All I ask, is that you give me a chance, and consider what I have to say, without jumping to your gut reaction, okay? Let's take a look at the highlighted part of the statement you posted: "...exploring new technologies for use in potential future products and services." First, taking that one piece of the larger sentence and giving it emphasis, weakens the intent of the statement (and your argument) as a whole.  Look at the whole again with a little different emphasis: "This will include expanding our successful IP licensing program, helping other companies and organizations benefit from our breakthrough innovations, and exploring new technologies for use in potential future products and services." In context, Nokia is saying their efforts to "explore new technology for future use" is part of their overall program to expand IP licensing.  They're also issuing a new mission statement of sorts with three key words: "expanding, helping, exploring." That doesn't mean the lack of an R&D department; in fact, those three words are the hallmark of an R&D company. It's just that their R&D will be focused on the technologies they can license in the future to others who will make practical use of them. Right now, Nokia has no manufacturing arm independent of Microsoft.  They still own the factory in India, but the only reason that one was left out of the merger, was because it would've continued to delay the closing of the deal, and neither company wanted to put it off any longer.  It is likely, that factory will sit inactive until the tax issues can be settled, and then it wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft buys that one too, or Nokia sells it since they are not in any position to make use of it as per the terms of the merger. Next.  Nokia is a services company now; the statement from their press release makes that clear.  They retain their maps tech, and are continuing to license and administer all the various patents they've built and held for decades.  That is where the bulk of their income will be.  If you put that quoted statement in this context then, what you get is that Nokia will continue to conduct research and development in an effort to secure additional patents, which it can then license out to other companies (including Microsoft) who will use that technology in their devices. Having said that, this does not mean Nokia will never get back into the hardware game; it's also not to say they will either.  A lot can happen in six years, and with the rate of change in the industry, Nokia may not even be interested in becoming a manufacturer again.  There are, after all, many more headaches involved in manufacturing your own goods (i.e. sourcing materials, cost of capital equipment, personnel and all the incumbant associated costs, shipping costs, paying taxes, etc.) than in just licensing out patents to others who will.  I honestly don't think the Nokia BoD would've accepted the sale if they didn't see it would benefit the company in the long run, and with Nokia's hardware sales being as low as what they were compared to their peak before the first precursors to "smartphones" phones came along, the manufacturing arm of the company may have been losing money for too long; so they sold it to a partner of many years who actually wants to preserve the work Nokia's already done while building further upon it. I have been a Nokia fan for decades.  Some of the first mobile phones I used were made by the company -- in fact, until the Razr came out of Motorola, I never looked at anything but a Nokia phone.  They've always made great products, which is why I have a Lumia 1520 even today. I believe you're reading more into that statement than is intended; and if you look at it again from a different angle, you'll see that. Finally, please remember the commenting rules here are to be nice to one another.  It is possible to express different opinions without insulting one another, or condescending to others here.  I ask that if you choose to respond to me, please do so with the kindness and courtesy I've shown you.  If you feel you are unable to do so, then just tell me you disagree, but do so without the hostility I've seen you display with others. Thank you for your time.
  • HERE is a separate division btw
  • See my referenced post above.  While what they were best known for in the tech press was their phones, famous because they once ruled the cell industry, they had and still have a big ass LTE world-wide infrastructure manufacturing industry and a fair amount of other "Advanced Technology" assets along with the mapping and services stuff (HERE - the other thing casual blog readers know them for).  So what they gave up were not "all devices" rather all "user facing devices." And only for two years, but as also noted, a quick move (if ever) back into a commoditizing world of phones from scratch is in no way a sure thing as they figure out their ongoing missions in their new slim config.
  • Then go to a Nokia specific site and interact with your fellow like minds. This is a windows phone site and your Nokia does not make windows phone or any phone. Everything you state is correct (for the most part, kinda...) but you are preaching in the wrong place. We are Nokia fans, (most of us, not trying yo speak for everyone)but we are Nokia fans because of the platform that sits on it. If Nokia did not make WP then I would not be using a Nokia. Probably an HTC, but who knows. The point is , you are barking up the wrong tree.
  • Now, that's true... I love Nokia, but I'm a WP fan first, and a Nokia fan second...
  • Your misconception is that I'm preaching anything. I'm not. I couldn't care less what other people think so I couldn't care less about what they buy our prefer.
  • OK, preaching may be the wrong word, lets say complaining. My point still stands.
  • Again, I'm not even complaining. I just said I'm not interested in what Microsoft may release in the smartwatch department.
  • I am just tired of seeing you and your negativity in every damn post.
  • +1520
  • Too bad for you. Besides, it's not my fault stupid fanboys always read more into things they should. If you fit the frame, I guess that's your problem. As I've said before: I couldn't care less what others think.
  • We are a community that gathers like any other community, to have a constructive conversation about our platform of choice. There are many in here that are critical, as they should be, but still support the platform. If anyone is the stupid fanboy, it is you. I don't want to or mean to be critical of you, hence my original post stating you may be in the wrong place. That was my PC way of calling you a troll. You are nothing but a troll. Go away.
  • I've never seen a single post by you contributing to the healthy exchange of ideas. Sam asked if we were looking forward to a Microsoft-produced smartwatch. I wrote "No thanks. I'm more interested in what Nokia may release." I never preached anything, not said people shouldn't buy a Microsoft smartwatch. Actually, I haven't said a WORD about Microsoft's eventual smartwatch. Everything else came from the minds of fanboys that read more into it than they should. Sam didn't asked about smartwatches running a Microsoft OS, he asked about Microsoft-produced smartwatches. And I didn't even say anything about them. Just that I'm more interested in what Nokia may release on the segment.   If you're an idiot that can't understand that well, too bad for you. Again: I don't give a damn about what you think ;)  
  • Ha, ok. I highly doubt you recall any of my 199 comments. I rarely comment but i enjoy reading through a healthy debate. The vast majority of your comments are not constructive in any way, and you are constantly called out for it. Again: All I stated is that maybe you are in the wrong place and you should find a community that you can have healthy debates/conversations with.   And now I feel pressure to make my 200th comment a good one, so this interaction is now over, though I know you will get the last word.  :)
  • Why do you even post here if you don't care?
  • Because clearly he does.
  • nailed it!
  • Microsoft will be using Nokia smartwatch patents in this watch, by all intents and purposes this is the Nokia smartwatch. Redmond just decided to brand it differently.
  • This patent is a Microsoft patent. Not a Nokia patent. Which seems to indicate that Microsoft is developing their own smartwatch patents and not going to use Nokia's. Which can be understandable as Nokia's patents can be used by anyone who licenses them and Microsoft might want to bet in differentiation.
  • "I couldn't care less what other people think" I noticed.
  • For someone who "couldn't care less what other people think", you sure spend a lot of time arguing with them.....
  • +2520
  • This ... A contradiction ... Don't you think? Saying not care but always replying to every comments.
  • If you did only careless about what people buy or prefer, you wouldn't talking this long explaining what happen with Nokia-Microsoft deal. I mean, you already state that numerous times. And most of us (who able to) already grasp what you mean. Repeating these explanation over and over again will only make you look like a troll. If you need to explain something, do it once. If they still didn't understand, let it be. You already try. They are the one who refuse to understand. Just let them be. Don't wasting your time to endless debates like this.
  • Nokias not releasing a Smartwatch. Just because they filed for a patent does not mean they intend to build one. Yes, from past design posts of their smartwatch battery idea would be awesome to see but, take it for what a patent is, an idea.
  • Exactly....
  • Now go see the objectives that were placed in line after the deal for Nokias Technologies division. If you still think that they are not going to keep developing the wearables they're working on...
  • Actually DJCBS is right on that Nokia's R&D was not sold and they are continuing on device developement. Even Siilasmaa said in an interview, that it is not ruled out that Nokia will return to consumer electronics. Phones, wearables or something else. He also said there is nothing that they rule out, meaning that they dont have any solid plan to do so atm. So, coming here to say that you are more intrested on something, that might be, or as much might not be, is kind of insane.
  • From Nokia's Technologies division:   "Through Technologies, Nokia will invest in the further development of its industry-leading innovation portfolio. This will include expanding our successful IP licensing program, helping other companies and organizations benefit from our breakthrough innovations, and exploring new technologies for use in potential future products and services."   This is what I'm interested in. In what Nokia might bring forth. I didn't said I was expecting them to present a smartwatch in a week or a month. Actually, I don't care if they present a smartwatch only in 2016. I don't even like watches, no matter if they're smart or not.  
  • A hard fought troll score of 25. Like making a campfire in the rain.
  • This guy is definitely a troll. See his posts on Android central especially this http://www.androidcentral.com/nokia-x-software-update-adds-little-more-m...
  • So from that statement it seems most likely they will invent something and then license the tech to another company. That seems more likely at those point then them manufacturing anything.
  • GO AWAY TROLL !!!
  • You do realize that "new technologies" doesn't mean "new hardware", right? Software is as much capable of including "new technologies", so is their NSN devision. Nokia is now a Service company, not a hardware company, get over it. Because their R&D devision (what partialy went to Microsoft too) still has some experiments with hardware, doesn't mean they are ever going to realy use it, neither are patents.
  • You know nothing in that mission statement says they will be making anything for Nokia with a Nokia branding on it all it says is they will explore things for future products and services those products could be for Microsoft and I have a feeling if it says Microsoft on it you won't like it so therefore you won't like anything Nokia puts out
  • I hope that weird 6-screen Nokia smartwatch dies ASAP. Granted, I'm not really interested in smartwatches, but based on what I have seen Nokia show off, I have no plans to buy from them (kind of like you, but in reverse).
  • I highly doubt that 6 screen smartwatch comes to fruition. It's just cost-prohibitive. At any rate, I have no intention in buying any smartwatch, as I don't like watches to start with. I'm just more interested in what Nokia may present. Doesn't mean I intend to buy it ;)
  • If it does, I will officially lose all faith in Nokia, but I also don't think it'll come out. So far, only the Moto 360 has made me think "oh, that looks nice", but I have yet to be convinced of a practical use of smartwatches aside from "it lets me check notifications during meetings because I'm so busy and important that I can't be bothered to pay attention to what's going on in front of me, and I don't want to be rude and check my phone during a meeting, so I'll do the rudest gesture possible and look at my watch the entire meeting"... Or something like that.
  • Unlike these folks that have refuted you, I understand what you mean by Nokia's hardware and R&D, but I don't think you're serious in wanting to wait to see what they offer. I feel like we're gonna be waiting a long time lol.
  • .....wut?
  • Lmao. If nokia releases a sleek, affordable smartwatch, I will instantly buy it.
  • Lol! what a long thread! xD Whatever it is, me too interested in their windows phones more than the coming smart watch.
  • They wouldn't. There wouldn't be any Microsoft money to bail them out as with the smartphone division. Nokia was smart enough to sell and move on.
  • Shut the fuck up. Your whining is irritating to the core.
  • Go away TROLL !!
  • Oh my god! All of you just SHUT UP ALREADY!
  • LMFAO!!!❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗
  • I swear I will never buy a Nokia product again in my life, just because of your lame comments. So you are doing harm to Nokia already.
  • Interesting...too bad its barely at this early stage though
  • Why barely?... Patents are sometimes approved just before, or even after, a device comes out.. Also, MS might have already completed a smartwatch.. This might just be smooth idea they are seriously coinciding considering.. We don't know yet..
  • No MS is too slow for that to happen
  • Most likely... Lol!
  • I agree with you, and want you to be right. Given the track record, I agree that this is probably a ways off. I hope you are correct though, this would be a nice change.
  • Looks cool. I would like to so multiple band styles offered. A rubber/silicone one for the gym, and a nice metallic one for the office.
  • Sold.
  • still own a Suunto Spot watch, pretty sleek design but the fm service was shutdown a year or so ago
  • Nice!!! Needs to come sooner than later... Sick of always being last...
  • Well Rod...technically you'll again be last if you consider that Android already has a bunch of smartwatches available with more coming and the iWatch has apparently already moved into production. If Microsoft is only now filling patents...well...
  • Oh, I already know MS will be last.. It'll probably be a great product, but it'll be after everyone already is all galaxied up.... All my 1520 does is make the Note more popular because that's what everyone thinks it is.. Very, very, very annoying..
  • Actually, this time I don't think the biggest threat comes from Samsung's Galaxy Gear line. Specially since it runs Tizen and it only works with a select amount of phones. If they keep it this way, they won't be the problem. The problem to Microsoft (or anyone releasing wearables running a Microsoft OS) will be, as usual, Apple's iWatch and the Android Wear products with the Moto360 well placed to cause the most damage (specially if they go for the same low prices the Moto line sells for).
  • That's true.
  • GO AWAY TROLL !!
  • How can someone miss change Lumia 1520 for a note ?!
  • People who don't care, aren't smartphone nerds, haven't spent a lot of time looking at devices...
    ................
    To give them credit,, they aren't mistaking my 1520 for the note, rather they are assuming that its a note because they don't know any better.. All that says is that Samsung does a great job of marketing their products, and Microkia does a horrible job (at lest in the US) marketing their products.
  • Lol! maybe that someone doesn't even know that WP have a 6 inch colourful device or that someone is a SAMESUNG fan or doesn't know that WP exist yet.
  • In all honesty I can relate to what Rodneyej has said, the number of times people have asked me if my 920 is a "samsung" not "Samsung phone".. When clearly on the darn front it says Nokia. Sometimes I feel like retorting, "yes it is, I just changed the fascia for no apparent reason". Lol.... People just don't read, hardly surprising in this day and age - give a child a newspaper or book whose only been exposed to tablets and phones and not books you'll see what I mean.
  • I hate when they ask if it's a Note, then I say no its a Nokia 1520,, then they say oh, and aren't interested...
    .............
    But, if they ask if I like it then I start listing all the reasons why its better than the note... Just let them know that the Note isn't the only big smartphone out there...
  • Yeah, I know what you mean and when they ask about, it does show they are interested. The biggest turn off was the lack of a notification center with 8.0, that always ruined me sales pitch lol. However that issue is now moot with 8.1 :D. Speaking of a sales pitch, this should help convincing some died hard techies :P (my cousin is going to be a guinea pig for this app test - knowing him, he will try that with siri and fail miserably loool) http://wmpoweruser.com/voicewake-lite-wake-your-pc-using-cortana/
  • March 2013 the patent was file. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Rod this was filled in October of 2012 mate, it was only released last week.
  • Yeah. I realize that.. But, my point still remains.. I'm sick of MS not being first, and taking the first crown that builds product credibility like Samsung, and Apple, always do.. MS needs to change that..
  • Or how about pebble support
  • +1 I'd like a pebble steel myself
  • Native pebble(or similar) any app would have poor performance/compatibility
  • Looks pretty ugly compared to moto 360
  • Well, all current smartwatches look ugly compared to the Moto 360 to be fair to Motorola.
  • Yeah the fact of the matter is that a smartwatch should be first and foremost a watch. This needs to seriously considered when designing any smartwatch. Most people where watches as fashion accessories, which goes against the majority of the current "smartwatch" aesthetics. It's pretty dissapointing to see how Google is going to capitalize on this by partnering with major watch manufacturers. Step up your game Microsoft!
  • Go *AWAY* troll !!
  • You're trolling harder than DJCBS is right now.
  • I really hope we get a better look at this at the surface event...small gathering could not only mean surface mini but also a surface smartwatch. In my dreams at least lol
  • That's what I'm hoping for too.. We can dream, right?
  • That looks very nice!
  • Can't wait. I'd totally buy it!
  • Now glasses and VR headset!
  • And then surrogates! :) Just kidding.
  • Like to press like on some of the comments however sadly this comment area is a nightmare! ----------- Note to site Dev's: "Please use Disqus for comments: http://disqus.com/" ----------- Back to the actual subject; yes very instrested in Microsoft Smart Watch with tiles design and ideally dust/water proofing and elegant strap option.  
  • If you think comments are so good, just look at the comments area on the WP central app for WP. You can't know who is replying to who. It's a total chaos.
  • Agreed, although Disqus on mobile isn't great either.
  • Disqus absolutely sucks on mobile. The commenting system on this site may not be the be best, but it works 99% of the time.
  • Herre is four examples where this is causing issues: 1. No option to Like/Dislike comments 2. No order option (first come first served) 3. No spell checker by IE 4. I have just by error unsubscribed and there is no option to opt in again! (or at least not that it can easily be found) Have highlighted these out to them number of times however don't think they listen as no respond as yet.
  • Ref: Comment from Nitsuk,
    Please do not use disqus. Requires login to their system. We already have to log in here twice. Discus isn't readable in some situations.
  • Plus the load time for disqus is pretty terrible on the phone, Microsoft-News and wmpoweruser - use disqus and its just terrible. Plus logging in is a hit and miss.
  • Disqus load time on a phone... Does it ever load on a phone?
  • Only a good day which are extremely infrequent :P...
  • It's gotta have a round face or I'm afraid I can't get interested.
  • As a scuba diver, I have no use for something like this.  My Lumia 1020 satisfies all smaller mobile computing needs, and my actual dive watch handles date, time and dive functions.  And I never have to recharge my watch or set it since it syncs with wirelessly everynight with the nearest atomic clock.
  • Ok... Thanks for that.. Lol!
  • please MSFT make it more squared, especially the inner screen edges.
  • Yeah, I don't like this Samsung looking business to much...
  • They could (MSFT) already have this made and rdy to show, as with the Surface the patient was not awarded until after it was shown.
  • That's a strong possibility.. It could be already finished... Although,, it is a kinda bland desing if you ask me..
  • A bit dificult to judge the design from a patent drawing if you ask me.
  • How is it difficult?
    ................
    Seriously, it depends on the rendering. Sometimes they are detailed, with more depth, sometimes they just suck.. This one is pretty "explanatory".
  • Shouldn't a watch be self explanatory? :P. If it is not then it really defeats purpose of being a watch doesn't it? lol.
  • Lol!!. We're talking about how it looks.. Or, are you just being funny?
  • Maybe I was being serious ..:P. I kid, was just having a laugh. But yeah I think the days' of simple watches have gone and we have come full circle this time we are at the health craze - remember those infa-red blaster watches?
  • What about the battry of this device ??
  • Is a little bit disturbing and really annoying Microsoft seems to be one of two steps behind its rivals, with Windows Phone 8.1 they are closing the gap regarding mobile OS, but Samsung, Apple and others still are ahead in stuff like this... I love Windows, Windows Phone and in general Microsoft products and services, but being behind always isn't nice.
  • Apple isn't ahead in smartwatches, they haven't released one yet.  For all intents and purposes based on what we know, Microsoft and Apple are equal.  We could only say one of them is ahead of the other if 1) one of them gets out their smartwatch miles ahead of the other or 2) if they come out at the same time, the feature set of one appears vastly behind the other. Samsung may have a smartwatch out already, but it's so universally deplored that they may as well not even be in the race currently. Google is likely the most "ahead" in smartwatches when they demoed their Android for Smartwatches (or whatever it is called), but that has yet to be seen on a device brought to consumers.  It does look pretty fleshed-out feature wise however.
  • I would love to know how Microsoft is 2 steps behind Apple, a company that even didn't do anything so far yet in this market. For the matter, how are they even 1 step behind? As far as we know, Microsoft is 2 steps in front of Apple: 1 with Windows for the IoT and 2 with the fact that it is the very same Windows you and I use every day.
  • I was refering mainly to Google or Samsung in terms of gadgets, and to iOS that is a OS that still is a little bit ahead of WP 8.1. No matter if Samsung's smartwatch sucks, they are already getting feedback from consumers and that is really important, no matter if iOS is way too closed, they also have a lot of time of advantage over WP. I'm pretty sure you already know where I'm going, since Microsoft is a newcomer to this fields, they will lack of experience that other companies already have. No one really liked Android 2.3, it has been a long road to this 4.4 that almost everyone loves, and we have to admit that is a really good OS. In the same way no one really liked WP 7.8, and it has been a long road to this WP 8.1 that everyone is loving. But while Microsoft team were transiting that road Android development kept going, and now they have features like using volume keys to control your music while your phone is locked, to give you an example of what I'm talking about.
  • Big chance here. I hope they don't screw it up
  • I wanna see a real render. It looks sleek though. Will buy once I become salaried. A student can't buy much in India.
  • It's nice to know the student experience of being constantly impoverished remains a universal human constant.
  • Ugh, no thank you. I want a watch that looks nice too, and for me that requires a round screen.
  • I hope that MS starts building out the ecosystem. Smart watches, cheap tv viewing devices. For a non gamer I would like a cheaper device. If everything cheap is android then there will be no point in having Windows.
  • Yes it would be good if MS released a small Media box.internals like the XBox One without the Gaming OS. just good for running Apps
  • Take my money Best Buy!
  • Much want, so metro, WOW!
  • Everything about Windows is square so unlikely to be any love for the circle.
  • Cortana is a circle...or a halo.
  • Cool
  • I don't really know if i'm all into the design of the wristband, but the concept of changing the device from different accessories is genius! Solves alot of the trouble with smartwatches.
  • Don't worry. Apple hasn't beaten us yet in the smartwatch race, although they probably will.
  • Why are they always so slow ... Really ...
  • I want this soooooo bad!!
  • Finally, I've been waiting to see those plans on paper turn into the real product. I needs one Nows.
  • Fits perfectly fine with me I wouldn't want a metallic watch for when I cook in the kitchen being a chef in all hhhhhhhhh but a nice metallic watch when I'm off the clock will do just fine as well
  • Yeah, I've been holding out on smart watches till I saw the Microsoft one, hope the wait will be worth it.
  • Btw apple smapple, who wants to walk around with a whole apple on its arm. To round and to big and to sour.
  • I'll rock one just as long as it doesn't look like its made from Legos.
  • Haha
  • I still don't understand the point of a smart watch.
  • The point is to get comsumers to shell over a few hundred more hard earned bucks.
  • I want moto360 but with WP-software!!!
  • +920.
    Moto 360 => the only smartwatch that actually looks like a watch. Not a crappy futuristic wristband. Those who love watches can't like smartwatches in their current shapes.
  • No no no! not another smartband/fitness piece of junk. Make a nice looking smartWATCH. I like the one towards the bottom of the pile of watches in the photo
  • Looks crap. The one in the photo looks dope though!
  • This looks nice but I still think that Moto 360 is the best looking smartwatch I've seen. Although the Polar V800 hrm is a great looking watch also and I plan to acquire it when it's released soon, it's supposed to get a firmware update to add smartwatch notification capabilities. My ultimate smartwatch is exactly that. A fitness first activity tracker that can show smartphone notifications if wanted.
  • Nokia trolls. For Christ sake stop!
  • The main troll said he would leave this site once the Microsoft and Nokia deal was complete but here we are.
  • Read most of the entries and found them entertaining. Then I thought ?why can't we all just get along " on here? That's when I realized I wasted all that time reading useless comments and became sad that I won't get that time back...so sad. Oh bi the way I would like to see something from the kings of OS. Second choice would be the watch put out by Android-USA watch company, it actually looks like no other digital watch on the market...you go Wing Liang.
  • I have been waiting for a smart watch compatable with windows phone for a long time. I even backed the agent smart watch that was supposed to come out in december. It is now mid may, and they still have steps until they start making a production model. At this rate, I'll just get this and give the agent to someone else.
  • Blablablabla
  • Anybody see that concept from nokia using graphene....it came out years ago. Morph IIRC??? If anything remotely comes out like that.... I'll be first in line....
  • Will probably be while when we start to see OEMs release actual consumer products to market using Graphene.
  • This watch render looks nice. And it may just be me, but it seems faster now.
  • Smart watches seem incredibly dorky and unless it's a workout device I have no use for one
  • I'm getting one
  • They should add, just an idea from a lazy gamer view. Lets say the watch is Connected to Your Xbox One/360. Example, u are almost home And want to jump straight into playing games. Just press 1 button on the watch to turn on (and off) your Xbox. When Coming home, grab some food and drinks, poop if u have too. The Xbox is on and ready.
  • This is where I hope Cortana will come into play being able to do things like this through the cloud. Its possible. Hopefully MS is working on this
  • I think, if they go for it, They will add it in a later stage. having cortana on a smartwatch u are wearing, is just an awesome thing.
  • Awesome!!!!!! Finally some more leaks on this! This'll be perfect for my brand new ≤2hr old 1520!!!!!!!!!
  • Would love to see a smart watch wp. They need it
  • Too late. Well it's Microsoft so it's too late and maybe US-only.
  • why? no other smart watch has taking off.
  • I'm getting really tired of these 'too late' and 'seems faster' comments... you people need to grow up. The technology landscape has greatly changed since the 90s.  There's no such thing as 'too late' anymore because the industry changes so rapidly.
  • There is a 'too late'... Android and iOS (also BlackBerry,...) support smartwatches. Windows Phone does not support Smartwatches! So don't say that it's not to late, because it is like many other Microsoft things too late. Now I want to switch to Android because it's better and supports smartwatches and most Google services aren't US-only.
  • WANT WANT PLEASE WANT WANT   I need a good looking smartwatch to use with my Lumia 1520!
  • WindowsPhone doesn't support smartwatches!
  • This x100 Discus is a pain in the butt most sites.
  • Ok there seems to be some confusionas to what Nokia Advanced Technolgies will be doing now after the Microsoft Deal.. Here's a snip from Nokia: “Nokia’s Advanced Technology division” will focus on post Nokia-MS deal closure. The keywords from that interview of Nokia’s CTO Henry Tirri were Radio tech, cloud and sensors, Licensing of technologies and smart wearables. So they could infact still work on a watch
  • Where's fig 2 & 3? WPC App for Android- Lenovo IdeaTab A3000
  • I would buy it if the battery last long and it is water resistant.
  • hopefully is detachable to use wireless charging
  • Bright idea.
  • Out of all the 'smart watches' I've seen... that patent looks the sleekiest and less bulkiest.  And with the beautiful metro UI on it... this could definitely be a hot cake.    Though, I personally won't have a need for a smart watch since I don't wear watches to begin with.... but I'll be happy if this is real for those that do :D
  • I like this too, and hopefully MS won't pull a Microsoft and make it compatible with just iOS and Android instead of their own operating systems (they've done this before with Skype and Bing rewards, remember?)
  • What is needed besides just a "smartwatch" to throw into the mix IS actually first an for most a health centric wrist/smartwatch fully utilizing windows phone 8.1. For example the only devices that im aware that have hardware sensors is the Nokia Lumia icon/930, 1520, an 630. Which in end Nokia is releasing the sensor API. Now that sucks because a large part of the community does not have these devices.
    Me preferably I'd only buy a smart watch that compliments my device. Like a device with heart rate monitor plus the movement hardware as I mentioned in the previous devices.
  • MS has some amazing stuff in their R&D labs. Most never sees light of day though. :(
  • Indeed... They just seem to get locked up and put away, made just to tease and annoy lol.
  • I'd like to see a smart watch that I could use to pay my bills.
  • I'd love a Smartwatch with NFC and Wallet Support built in. Just imagine, Your watch is connected to your Windows Phone which has your credit cards in it. You go to a vending machine or store which does PayPass or AirWave and you just tap your watch against the sensor to purchase. It could be a killer feature, especially once all the Windows Phone owners start showing off their cool new ability of being able to purchase stuff with a tap of their wrist.
  • "My agent smartwatch is coming soon...spoon" *rocks back and forth in the corner*
  • TO WPCENTRAL: Why is your forum so unmoderated ! I like to read good articles and people agree and disagree, but TROLLS...really??? Get rid of them or you will surely have less people reading your articles. It would be nice to continue with you... Thanks!
  • unfortunately they get more views and comments - pays their bills when this nonsense goes on. its interesting. they often reference wmpower as that "other scrappy little site" b/c of the poor professionalism that goes on there, yet they allow it in their own comment system b/c it serves their purpose. Theres a word for that....  
  • I was seriously wondering if it was a troll or his defense mechanism over heated.
    And people wouldn't stop picking at him either.
    I read all the comments and replies. Waste of time but in a fun way. I had good laugh.
    Nokia may later be allowed to build something on their own but it isn't in their best interest, I don't think. They could research something to go with a technology and let others use it at a fee but...... Nevermind.
  • Well it might look cool but I think I'll wait for the 3rd Smart Watch by Microsoft & Nokia.
  • As long as it looks good, isn't bulky and doesn't do everything that replaces a smartphone, then I'm in! I don't need my watch to be a phone, but if I can at least see if I have notifications and maybe some phone control features then that'll be good.
  • I've been waiting so long.
  • Been waiting big time for this. Please, let it be a real nice looking device with usefull stuff...
  • Sick. Looks comfortable. Topics really take a turn in these comments.
  • I'd be interested in checking this out.
  • it looks more like a fitness tracker
  • Nope, not me. This has microsoft me too written all over it. Waste of investment in R&D. I think they could do better by investing the money in this smartwatch in further improving windows 8 and windows phone 8 and a better 3rd generation surface line up and other accessories. The market is already crowded with smartphones and windows phone still does not have bluetooth HID support for windows phone.
  • one SkyNet
  • Windows 8.1 killed most drivers for internet connection. Windows Phone not suitable for people who study, and require to sort files, folders and other docs for easy of access. OTG could have helped. What are the, chances of having a useable product, well I give them 12.5 %! There you are my guestmate whats yours?
  • Unless this is a fitness watch it is an epic fail. The general market has shown time and again that what people want aren't futuristic smartwatches that resembles something from scifi - they want a familiar classic fashion design watch along the lines of a Tag or similar stainless steel/titanium watch that won't look out of place with a dress shirt or a suit.  Motorola gets this with theirs 360 concept, Microsoft apparently hasn't even after the massive market fail by Samsung and Sony.
  • Wow the option of taking it off the wrist and cliping it to your belt etc. is really cool. I am sure MS must be working on something like a belt with some battery back-up or even solar craging facitlity in the future. if they can put it all together and come out with a proper smartwatch it would be great.
  • why the fuck would you want this in your belt? so people can see time when staring at your dick? or so you can break your neck by trying to read the time youself? useless gimmick!!
  • I suspect it's mostly because of the pedometer functions while working out. Wearing one on your belt is far more accurate than on your wrist.
  • Yes, the sensor on your belt, but you want the display on your wrist.
  • Designs (this is the filing we seem to see here) are not Patents. I have seen WP Central using the term Patents a few times wrongly when the news was about Design filings, which is quite a different Intellectual Property beast than Patents. Patents protect inventions that have novelty in the area of application, Designs protect the characteristics features of the design. The miswording comes from the USPTO, which is of the very few if not only Intellectual Property Office that has developed the bad habit of calling Design filings "Design Patents", leading to the corresponding confusion, when in the rest of the world Designs are Designs (which go along Trademarks, Copyrights, Medical Formulas, Plant Varieties, Company Names and Patents). .e. the pictures of article http://www.wpcentral.com/microsoft-teases-smartwatch-latest-patent point to a Patent, because it describes functionality and something innovative about the dock (well whether it is innovative is for the IP Office examiner to decided, and sadly too often they are considering innovative something is not). A Patent usually has text clarifying what you see in the image. They do not precise to be accurate images nor the image of the final product launched to the market. Designs on the contrary have to be a bit more accurate images, and definitely require to reflect the product as it will be launched to market. There is no text as there is nothing to "clarify" in a design. I hope the above is of help.
  • ugly big ass whristband!
  • For me, any "smartwatch" that has a battery life no better than the average smartphone and a display that needs buttons to be pressed to tell the time is a no-go. I really hope MS takes some cues from the Garmin Vivofit instead of ending up with a sleeker Gear...
  • Don't want a watch that looks like a band.... want a watch that looks like a watch... something that has a regal look to it.
  • I am glad to see Microsoft get back into the market that they created over 16 years ago.
    Every watch that I have worn since 98 has been a Microsoft/ Timex smart watch. I have been syncing my watches with my computers for over a decade and a half.
    Welcome onboard, rest of the world.....
  • By the time Microsoft launches a smart watch, it will have already taken off and they will be playing catch up unfortunately
  • When do you estimate they'll release? 2020?
  • Wow! Looking forward to it!
  • I would love to be able to keep my phone in my back pocket at work, and have a smart watch that tells me when I have receieved a call, message or email. I have a flat butt and can't feel, or hear, when my phone goes off.