Today Microsoft has outed German-based Trekstor as one of the first device makers to deliver a wearable that uses Windows 10 IoT Core. This is not a fitness device – like the Microsoft Band was – but instead a device that can run full Windows UWP apps, boast security, and be managed like any other Windows 10 device or PC in the enterprise.
Microsoft sees this device as a valuable prospect in the following areas:
- 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.
According to the announcement post…
The 1.54 inch TrekStor IoT wearable is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has plenty of storage space and has the processing power and battery life to perform its line-of-business functions. The wearable can also survive a hard day at work without scratches thanks to the soft casing and Gorilla Glass 3.
Microsoft also says that more information will be coming about this device in the next few months. And, that’s great news, considering the device needs a bit of refinement as its not the sleekest or most fashionable available.
The picture text on the announcement post suggest that the battery can survive a long working day. That seems to suggest that the industry is OK with Apple setting the wearable bar of a day’s battery life being enough. For those who have moved on from Microsoft’s own foray (and subsequent demise) into wearables with the Microsoft Band, that’s probably not enough, as there are other wearables that can go days and weeks without a charge.
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