Just as the folks at Microsoft launched the Surface tablet into battle against the , they're set to pit a Surface smart watch against Apple's .
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. 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.
Microsoft is clearing shelves of the current Surface before both RT and Pro models, expected to be unveiled later this year with the .
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