First Pictures Of Microsoft SPOT Watches By Citizen, Fossil And Suunto

Posted: Jan 11 2003, 9:37am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 1:39pm CDT, in News | Portable Devices


First Pictures of Microsoft SPOT Watches by Citizen, Fossil and Suunto
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Leading Watch Manufacturers Citizen, Fossil and Suunto Unveil Wristwatches That Make Personalized, Web-Based Information Available at a Flick of the Wrist.

Citizen, Fossil and Suunto are working on SPOT enabled watches to be released end of this year. Note, Fossil already announced a Palm OS watch.
Microsoft worked with National Semiconductor Corp. for more than two years to plan and build a chipset to power wristwatches and other SPOT-based devices. This chipset consists of an application chip with an ARM7 CPU, ROM and SRAM, and a tiny, sensitive 100MHz RF receiver chip.

Microsoft's DirectBand is a set of innovative technologies enabling transmission of Web-based information to smart objects. DirectBand includes a custom radio receiver, a wide area network based on FM subcarrier technology and new radio protocols created to meet the unique communication requirements of smart objects. Microsoft collaborated with SCA Data Systems Inc., a leader in FM subcarrier technology, to design this unique high-bit-rate, noise-tolerant radio system.

I4U will watch the SPOT development very closely and will update you on breaking news in that exciting area of smart objects.

Microsoft Press-Release

Microsoft Smart Personal Objects Technology Site

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