We had a lot of rumors about Microsoft launching a Windows smartwatch last year. Many sources reported that the smartwatch will track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms and that it will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use.
Back in September 2014, ASUS unveiled its first wearable device, the Zen Watch at IFA 2014, running Android, all while LG was preparing to launch it’s 2nd wearable product.
It was pretty clear that Microsoft will work with long time partner ASUS for this launch, considering ASUS is delivering Windows tablets and computers, the VivoTab and VivoPC, so the addition of a VivoWatch is a perfect next step in the Vivo series, to compete with the Apple Watch and Pebble who just topped 1 million pieces sold.
Word Mark ASUS VIVOWATCH Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Portable electronic device for use in achieving data exchange with an electronic personal organizer or a mobile device; Portable electronic device that retrieves and digitally displays data retrieved from an electronic personal organizer or a mobile device; Telecommunication devices and apparatus, namely, apparatus for receiving and displaying data from mobile device including text messages, emails, calendar alerts, and alarm alerts; Portable electronic exercise monitors worn as a watch for outdoor use featuring a GPS receiver and watch functions for recording outdoor exercise and fitness activity and displaying personal exercise and fitness information, not for medical use; Pedometer; Wearable computer; Exercise monitors for monitoring movement, body temperature, and also pulse rate, sold as a unit, and not for medical use; Computers and computer peripherals; GPS navigation device; Electronic devices for animal locating and tracking programmed to use global positioning systems (GPS) and cellular communicationsIC 010. US 026 039 044. G & S: Heart and pulse rate monitors; Exercise monitors, namely, heart monitors to be worn during exercise; Portable electronic apparatus for heart rate monitoring, blood pressure reading, and pulse wave analysis, designed to monitor and display data on a person’s cardiovascular system, not for medical use; Sphygmomanometers; Thermometers for medical purposes; Pulse measuring devices; Testing apparatus for medical purposes; Blood glucose meters; Health monitoring devices consisting of blood pressure monitors, thermometers and pedometers; Medical device, namely, a device for measuring body position during sleepIC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: Watches; Sports watches that may also be used to monitor heart rate; Wrist watches that also have a function of transmitting and receiving data to and from an electronic personal organizer or a mobile device; Chronometric apparatus and instruments; Watches containing an electronic game function Description of Mark The mark consists of standard wording “ASUS VivoWatch”.
The name VivoWatch also appeared on the ASUS support knowledgebase, for a short time, in a support document for LiveUpdate . It has since been taken down by ASUS, and now shows a Microsoft server error, but Google cache still has it (text only):
I guess the next question is: are smartwatches already dead ?