Microsoft plans Windows-based 'small devices' including coffee mug and robot

By Kul Bhushan | Published 02 Apr 2014 16:50 IST
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  • Right now, it's not clear whether Microsoft will rolling out Windows on devices such as smartwatches or smart glasses, which the company has been long rumoured to be working on.

Microsoft plans Windows-based 'small devices' including coffee mug and robot
Microsoft plans Windows-based 'small devices' including coffee mug and robot

Microsoft is set to make some major announcements at its Build 2014 conference. According to reports, the company will showcase the new Windows Phone 8.1 platform and new Lumia devices. While a lot of attention is on the new devices and OS, Microsoft is reportedly going to announce Windows on a class small devices, including coffee mug, talking bear and even a robot.

Microsoft has a dedicated website for this – www.windowsondevices.com. Currently, the site has been pulled down, but is expected to go live as soon as Microsoft makes an official announcement at the Build conference.

“We’re bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices. Build a smart coffee mug, build a talking bear, build a robot, or build something else entirely. All this using a platform and tools you already know and love,” said the site descrption.

Windows-powered devices seem to be based on new hardware from Intel including the new Galileo system-on-chip. Intel is making efforts to make its Galileo popular in educational institutions, especially for engineering teaching. Microsoft has plans to launch a software development kit along with regular software updates to provide better tools for developers.

“Development hardware like the Intel Galileo board allows you to read temperature sensors, power robot servos, check for intruders, blink a bunch of LED lights, or even make a little music. Whether you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing—we’re excited to see what you can do,” said the website.

Right now it's not clear whether Windows will be powering devices such as smartwatches or smart glasses. It's notable Microsoft has been long rumoured to be working on smartwatches and a Google Glass-like eyewear.

What possible Windows-based small devices Microsoft could announce at Build? Let us know your views in the comments section below:

Source: Engadget

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