In 2001, a small team was incubated from Microsoft Research to create hardware & software for Glanceable experiences. Their first product would be the SPOT watch, (Smart Personal Objects Technology). I was part of the first 7 people hired into the group. We grew it to be over 70 just two years later. I had the privilege to run the design & user interface teams and ultimately lead the Industrial designs for some amazing reference hardware.
Partners included Suunto, Swatch, Fossil and Citizen. Industrial design partner was BMW | Designworks.
Smart Personal Objects
Hardware concepts that show contextual information across several ‘channels’ – In this example, Snow conditions are shown.
Concepts included several form factors to accomodate lifestyles from several types of personas. This form factor was designed for women.
Integrated into your Life
The technology was designed to receive only, so the smart fob was designed as an accessory to keys or to hang off a purse or garment.