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.
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.
At the CES Keynote in 2002, Bill Gates stood on stage to present the vision for the SPOT watch and the technology platform.