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Microsoft's canceled Xbox smartwatch has resurfaced online

Microsoft's canceled Xbox smartwatch has resurfaced online”

The smartwatch market seems to be slowing these days, with only a few major players (like Apple) still pursuing a slice of that particular pie.

It has been a while since Microsoft launched a wearable fitness tracker and it seems that the company has lost interest in this form factor, at least for now.

If you follow consumer electronics news closely, you might be familiar with such a device.

Microsoft never made a serious run at a smart watch but has been toying with the idea for years, meaning numerous prototypes have showed up over the years showing us what could have been. "If you find the Xbox Watch can't be recharged, you can disassemble the screen with a utility knife or a razor, then hit the positive pole on the battery with piezoelectric ceramic igniter from a lighter", Hikari Calyx tweeted. In retrospect, this was probably a good call: while Xbox is a popular brand with consumers, we're not sure that putting it on a smartwatch makes a lot of sense. The results are, unfortunately, unexciting. Designed by part of the Xbox hardware team, the hardware has a 1.5-inch display and support for heart rate monitoring. The rumours also add that the Xbox Watch could have featured a design with the ability to be customized through replaceable bands.

We do see a tile-based operating system like the ones we saw on Windows 8, various Winodws Phones, and the Xbox 360, so the Xbox Watch is certainly a product of its time.

More leaked images have emerged of Microsoft's cancelled Xbox Smartwatch, proving that this is one bit of vapourware that simply refuses to go away.



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