It’s not just the Surface Mini, Microsoft has a smartwatch in the works

smart_watch_patent_r1_c1 It's not just the Surface Mini, Microsoft has a smartwatch in the works

The patents filed by a company can give an extremely interesting glimpse into what we might see released at some point in the future. A recently published patent application shows that Microsoft is looking to enter the wearable technology market with a watch that can be used to measure biometric data.

As is the case with current wearable device, the patent shows that it would be possible to remove the heart of the watch from its strap. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it allows for charging via a wall charger or dock, or even connected to compatible fitness equipment. Magnets can be found on the underside of the unit to facilitate connecting to a dock or other housing.

Artwork included with the patent application show that the watch can also be mounted sideways in a dock with the screen rotated. Patent Bolt speculates whether an alarm clock function could be accessed in this mode.

The patent application dates back to the latter half of 2012, and there’s no indication of quite when a device may come to market, or what sort of progress Microsoft has made.

What would you like to see from a Microsoft wearable?

Thanks to Alan for the tip!