Microsoft patents new tech for wearable devices

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Microsoft Band
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Microsoft appears to have tested a new tech for wearable
devices, and the company filed the patents for the new wearable
device in 2017, at a time when the company stopped developing
Band wearable and smartwatch. While the patent suggests that
Microsoft hasn’t given up on wearables concept yet, it might be
possible that the patents were published late and the company
is no longer developing any such device.

It’s believed that the software giant is more or less done with
activity trackers, and a patent published late last year
suggested that Microsoft was working on a modular smartwatch.
Needless to say, the patent by no means can be taken as an
indication that such a product could see daylight.

A new patent called “blood pressure estimation by wearable
computing device” describes a wearable device with a technology
that would help Microsoft monitor blood pressure, and results
are accurate due to the in-built machine learning feature.

Microsoft Band patent
Image Courtesy: Microsoft.com

“The method may include calibrating the machine learning model
to the subject based on a set of time-varying features and
blood pressure measurements of the subject. In addition, the
method may include using the machine learning model and the
time-varying features for the subject to generate a blood
pressure estimate,” Microsoft said in the patent application.

Interestingly, the machine learning system could be improved if
the medical history of the user is submitted.

Microsoft Band 4 patent
Image Courtesy: Microsoft.com

Another patent titled “ring-shaped skin sensor” shows off
a Microsoft-branded wearable with not one but two sensors that
would allow the system to generate statistics regarding stress
levels, and it appears that the device has been designed to
provide accurate statistics regardless of the wrist position.

The patented device looks identical to Microsoft Band series
but the technology seems much better. It’s worth noting that
Microsoft has already ended investments in such devices,
and by the looks of things, the software giant isn’t interested
in another wearable band. It goes without saying that such a
device could have been something worth trying, especially
because Microsoft-branded products are well received by
customers.

Despite the Microsoft Band series was quite popular among the
smartphone users and well-received by customers worldwide, the
company still abandoned the wearables. Similarly, Microsoft
also abandoned Windows Phones to concentrate on its cash cows
such as Azure and Office.



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