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Microsoft hot on the heels of Apple and Google with wearable tech?

According to the Wall Street Journal, computer giant Microsoft are working on a touch-enabled watch device.

it’s unclear what capabilities the watch will have, and if it will ever get to market, but the story underlines the recent push by the Titans of the industry towards wearable tech.

Google recently showcased its much hyped Google Glass glasses while Apple are said to be working on a watch-like product.

Interestingly enough, it’s not the first time that Microsoft have dabbled in watch-like computers.

Back in 2004, the company released the Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT), which broadcast the MSN service package through the FM radio band in 100 metropolitan areas.

Basically, the MSN service package at the time included news and sports headlines and weather information that was broadcast to SPOT units. Companies who invested in the technology included watch makers Swatch and Tissot and, strangely enough, coffee machine maker Melitta. Why people would want to use their coffee machine as a browser? Yes, I was asking myself that exact question myself.

It looked like this:


Time will tell what services the new Microsoft watch will include.

Personally, I’m hoping for the Office Package – imagine walking down the street and seeing people desperately slapping their wrists, trying to update documents and spreadsheets….