Yes, the Microsoft Band is dead. Nevertheless, this does not mean that Windows 10 on smartwatches has reached its end. Microsoft today unveiled a new Windows 10 powered wearable device by the German OEM TrekStor. The device is described as a “B2B commercial-grade wearable for the Industry”. It comes with a 1.54-inch screen and is powered by Windows 10 IoT Core which allows the device to run UWP Apps. The display of the watch is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and packs both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. More information are not available yet but will be shared in the coming month.
Before you get to excited – the smartwatch is only build for commercial use and not for consumers. It is supposed to be used in the following scenarios:
- Inventory management in retail
- Building automation for guest services in hospitality
- Industrial automation in manufacturing
- Patient care in healthcare
- And several cross-industry scenarios like asset management, fleet management, and others.
The smartwatch from TrekStor is a really interesting device because it is the first Windows 10-powered watch. I really hope that we will see more smartwatches with Windows 10. I still love my Band 2 but a new wearable with true Windows 10 would be great!