Wearable tech is a big thing at the moment. From Google Glass to the Pebble Watch, companies are looking for more and more ways to bring technology to everyday life without having to make you carry that extra device. A recent image on a Tumblr blog shows that a company which may have thought of bringing you a smartwatch is Nokia.
“Moonraker”, as it was codenamed, was shown on a Tumblr blog which has since been removed. The blog is run by a Microsoft employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, and like much of the internet was quickly grabbed and shared before the images could be removed. The watch itself seems to look very similar to a lot of others on the market, with interchangeable colour bands letting you choose the look based on how you feel on the day. They even had an interesting idea with “live tiles” which would provide a glimpse into the apps on the watch, such as text messaging. If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same as Metro that the Windows 8’s start menu uses.
The images, however, were reporting as more than just concept art created to show off what could be made, the images were actual marketing material and a prototype was even reportedly shown off at Mobile World Congress in 2014. This all fell apart in April 2014 with Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft, who decided to focus on the Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker.
Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring the device into the world. Instead, it will remain as a prototype in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for its chance.
Thank you The Verge for the information.