Microsoft SPOT and Suunto n3 Smart Watch review

Posted by bink on December 31 2004, 8:59 PM. Posted in SPOT (MSN Direct).

About four years ago, Microsoft's Research and Development team came up with a new technology called Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) that uses FM radio signals to broadcast news, weather and other information to wristwatches. The first Smart Watches leveraging SPOT were first launched last January at the Consumer Electronics Show however it did take them a few extra months to get the wireless service running with all its features and have wristwatches available more widely.

According to the software giant, the technology is comprised of three pillars: the computing platform (SPOT), the wireless service (MSN Direct) and a new FM radio-based network (Microsoft DirectBand network).

Over the past few months we were given the opportunity to review Microsoft's SPOT service. The service costs either $39.95 per year or $9.95 per month, plus tax. Continue At Source