Microsoft never really tried their hand at a smartwatch, in the end opting for a dedicated fitness tracker, and then after not finding success decided to exit the market.
Inevitably however even dumb trackers turn into smart devices, due to the natural progression of technology, and today many smartwatches include LTE connectivity and other smartphone features.
Today designer Christopher Fernandes posted his concept of the ultimate destination for Microsoft’s Band – a fitness band which turns into a smartphone, due to the wonders of flexible electronics, and then into a desktop PC, due to Microsoft’s Continuum technology.
The ideas are of course old- Nokia’s Morph concept dates all the way back to 2008, but today flexible OLED screens are a dime a dozen, batteries, cell radios, power management and mobile operating systems have advanced, and such a device would be theoretically possible, with sufficient will.
Of course it is the last element which is the rarest in today’s Microsoft, but hopefully, the company will be brave enough to bring their own bold take on a smartphone, the Project Andromeda, to market and reinvigorate their brand.
Via Michael Gillett