Apple, Samsung and now Microsoft are all said to be working on a smartwatch, suppliers claim.
Reports in the Wall Street Journal claim that while Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to “ship components for a potential watch-style device”, there is no certainty that the Windows maker will proceed with production of the 1.5” screen device.
A number of companies, fuelled by the existing boom in fitness products such as Fitbug and Nike+, expect ‘wearable’ technology to spark the next generation of technology using sensors for temperature, voice and location. Research firm Garnter believes the category will be worth £10billion by 2016.
Numerous rumours have appeared in recent weeks suggesting that Apple is about to launch a smart watch. The product, which has been referred to as the "iWatch", is apparently being worked on by a team of 100 engineers, suggesting that it is more than an experiment.
The long-running - and high profile - battle between Samsung and Apple has led many to suspect that the South Korean company is also hoping to steal a march on its rival with a smart watch of its own, with screenshots supposedly indicating their product will be called Samsung Galaxy Altius.