TrekStor wearable running Windows 10 IoT Core gets a reveal at Build

The future of some of Microsoft's mobile ambitions is with industrial wearables running Windows 10 IoT Core. An excellent example of that is the TrekStor – a watch-like device meant for business, hospitals, and factory floors.

Announced a few weeks ago the TrekStor is on the floor at Microsoft's Build conference and we got a deep dive on what it can do.

If you took some of the benefits of a smartphone-like connectivity, NFC, camera, sensor, and app support and squeezed it down to an industrial IP67-tested wearable, the TrekStor would be the result.

The idea behind TrekStor, who's hardware is made by the ODM Askey in Taiwan, is to give companies a smartwatch-like experience but powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud services and device management capabilities.

The ability to run secure Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps and custom interfaces don't hurt either.

The Trekstor can be configured to monitor industrial equipment giving employees a glance-and-go status check on the gear. A hear-rate monitor can be used to ensure employees are wearing the device or even checking on their health. The devices can also be used to communicate with employees by directly messaging them when they're out of sight. The possibilities are endless due to the fact it's running a stripped down version of Windows 10. Imagine the benefits of a smartphone, but on your wrist.

Equipped with microphones and even remote camera management the TrekStor with Windows 10 IoT Core can do live translations with Microsoft Translator, or scan objects. Companies can configure the wearable with a custom UI (since Core does not have one), install apps, lock down services, and more making the device unique for each business and usage scenario.

Battery life varies depending on what features are being used, but 8-12 hours is expected, which typically equals a single shift. The device can be worn on the wrist or around the neck, and it pops into a charger.

Companies are very interested in the instrument because of the security, locked-down nature of the OS, and the natural tie-in into existing Microsoft ecosystems for device management and cloud services.

The TrekStor wearable is in trials now with numerous companies already testing it out. General commercial availability is expected in Q3 of this year. There are no current plans for a consumer version, but Askey is already exploring creating a larger computer-like device that a user wears on their arm, allowing them to have a larger battery and input options.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Wow neat idea
  • I want a Windows 10 smartwatch
  • It runs W10 😋😍
  • Ordered. We plan to use it connected with a bluethooth finger-scanner for warehouse operations. Big question is if it's robust enough. But since you wear it on your arm, this should not be that big an isse.
  • Great!
  • it could act as a personal defender too just hit somebody in the head with that brick and the guy will be KO for several days
  • This is what I'm thinking as well. Our warehouse currently carries around large cumbersome scanners.
  • This has all the building blocks for a consumer watch !!! The video also mentions that some variants have Heart Monitoring, etc If the form factor was improved (ie not a thick/rugged industrial looking device), this could be a future MS smartwatch, a good successor to the Band 2... BUT if and only if MS is willing to do so (ie interested in consumer markets!) The technology seems to be ready. Is the Marketing/product strategy ready?. That's another question!
  • Let's hope that this device takes off for businesses and enterprise. If that happens, MS MAY actually consider making a device themselves. Otherwise, I can see this company and other OEMs possibly working to make it more consumer attractive and functional. Considering that they can give it specific features, athletic and general smartwatch features should not be too much of an issue. The biggest issue I see is UWP apps taking off. As long as developers are willing to make apps, devices like this should do very well.
  • MS MAY buy this company!
  • Not likely. Satya won't go that path. He was against MS buying Nokia and he doesn't seem keen on making devices. Surface is the exception, because it started seeing growth prior to him being CEO. If anything, he will be happy with working very closely with OEM partners. It saves MS money in the long run, if things don't work out. From a business perspective, that would make more sense.
  • Neat! Can it work with Dynamic Lock?
  • Sorry, but that is UGLY.
  • This is not a consumer device.
  • if somebody try to rob you, you could use this as a weapon :)
  • From the company that gave us the IBeat Blaxx!
  • omg. not only did Trekstor really make a product called iBeat Blaxx, but BGR made an incredibly racist article in order to properly contextualize the racist product.
  • wow...didn't know that...
  • Hey Daniel, incredible coverage!! Does it have a SIM slot? LTE support?
  • I can see MS dominant mobile in enterprise with W10 iot, there's a lot of scenarios where these devices become very valuable
  • One can hope, but sadly "mobile" is code for iOS at my company.
  • I'd really consider this to replace my band 2
  • Why? it can't track fitness, unless all you want is a heart rate monitor in which case you're better off getting a Fitbit.
  • The real question for me here, is if it works with Windows 10 Mobile or not.
  • It runs by itself, and if it's connected to anything I imagine it'll be an enterprise version of Windows or via specific computer software. However it connects employees to employer, it's not going to be the same as any device you connect to a phone.
  • W10M is dead so the question can not be answered
  • I only assuming that if can run office apps and do things liek RFID tagging etc. it should really e a workhorse for normal fitness tracking. So just like almost every other person commenting here, I will look forward to the day when it comes out in a consumer edition in a better looing sleek smartwatch formfactor. Hopefully with much less to do as a fitness tracker, it will hae much improved battery life too
  • How do I buy it?
  • i like that ui it looks 2007 as ****
  • PIP-BOY 1.0😅