Microsoft readies Surface smart watch to rival Apple iWatch

Just as Microsoft launched the Surface into battle against the iPad, it's set to pit a Surface smart watch against Apple's iWatch.

Just as the folks at Microsoft launched the Surface tablet into battle against the iPad , they're set to pit a Surface smart watch against Apple's iWatch .

The team behind the Windows 8 tablet is reported to have taken over development of a Microsoft smart watch, based on a design conceived by the mob that works on accessories for the Xbox.

The Verge reports that the gaming team's design was rooted in the wearable technology of a heart-rate monitor for gamers with an Xbox 360. Developing that design, the Surface smart watch is set to feature a 1.5-inch screen, and like multi-coloured Windows Phone phones will come in a rainbow of hues, including blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey.

AmongTech also claims the watch will be built from translucent Oxynitride Aluminum -- whispered to be three times harder than glass.

The current buzz around smart watches is largely due to rumours that Apple is working on a wrist-worn device, inevitably dubbed iWatch. Apple is reported to have trademarked the name and recruited engineers for the device, but it's still set to appear late next year . In the meantime, rivals Sony, Samsung, LG and Google are also getting involved in wearable technology.

Speaking of the Surface, a whopping £120 has been sliced off the Windows 8 tablet, taking the price tag to £280 -- more than a hundred quid cheaper than an iPad .

Microsoft is clearing shelves of the current Surface before both RT and Pro models are replaced by new versions , expected to be unveiled later this year with the  Windows 8.1 software update .

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