Watch SPOT Run

"Smart wristwatches"—which display customized information such as weather, appointments, and news via a national wireless network—are expected to be available this fall in the United States from watchmakers Citizen, Fossil, and Suunto. The watches use the new "Smart Personal Objects Technology" (SPOT)—actually a set of innovative wireless communication technologies—developed by Microsoft Corp. to "improve the functionality and usefulness of everyday objects." The announcement was made Jan. 8 by the watch companies and by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where prototypes of the new watches were displayed. SPOT watch technology centers on what Citizen's statement calls "an ultra-small chip set [comprising] a central processing unit and a radio receiver chip equipped with an ultra-small FM radio antenna. This c
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