When it comes to big tech companies, it seems like all the attention is on Apple and Google. Microsoft, however, doesn't want to miss this race. After, computers running its own Windows OS are still the majority in hospitals and health systems all around the world. Beyond that, the Redmond giant is also offering its portfolio of cloud-based services, and now we see it looking to re-enter the wearables space.
Remember the Microsoft Band and its successor, Band 2? It had a bunch of sensors, but never made it to the mainstream user. Perhaps that was a good thing, as now we see the company potentially considering medical applications of its technology.
Nothing new was announced, but we did caught a patent application filed with the USPTO with the "WEARABLE DEVICE" title, revealing what seems to be a really interesting product.
Although the document was filed back in June 2017, it was just recently published by the patent office, describing a device with an array of conductors that would work together with a specialized sensor to reduce and/or stabilize involuntary movement in an adjacent joint or even entire limb. Such implementation could bring benefits for people suffering from Parkinson's and many other health conditions.
The rest of the documentation shares a few specs, and so we learn about a whole-day battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless communication, and the ability to work with a companion app for tracking and reporting capabilities.
Generally speaking, just because there is a patent filing – it doesn't mean we'll actually get a real-life product at the end. We are, however, optimistic since Microsoft have shown to has "what it takes" to launch a wearable device. With new sensors on board and considering its wide reach, Nadella & Co. may have a contender in the medical wearable device space. After all, it would be foolish for them to leave that market up for grabs to Apple and Google.