Asian suppliers told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft has been sampling components including a 1.5-inch display for a potential touch-enabled smartwatch that would compete with a purported watch from Apple and others coming from Google and Samsung as well as the Martian Passport Watch and the Pebble wristwatch that sync with smartphones and vibrates to alert the wearer to incoming messages and calls.
One executive said he met with Microsoft's R&D people in Redmond but it's unclear if the company will follow through.
Microsoft put out a Smart Watch 10 years ago that sent wearers news headline, sports scores and instant messages. It stopped selling the thing in 2008.
Gartner projects the wearable smart electronics market will be worth $10 billion by 2016.
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