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Microsoft breaks into wearable devices with smartwatch: report

SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft plans to weigh into the wearable computing market with a smartwatch, Forbes reported Thursday.

The U.S. technology tighten tapped into talent behind its gesture-sensing Kinect accessory for Xbox video game consoles to help make a sensor-loaded smartwatch, according to Forbes.

Smartwatch capabilities were said to include fitness features such as measuring and tracking heart rates.

Like the growing array of “wearable computing” devices, Microsoft's creation will be designed to synch wirelessly to applications in smartphones, Forbes said.

Last month, market tracker IDC predicted sales of wearable tech items would triple this year to 19 million units worldwide, growing to 111.9 million by 2018.

IDC said the wearable sector is still led by fitness trackers such as Jawbone UP and Fitbit devices.

“The increased buzz has prompted more vendors to announce their intentions to enter this market,” IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said in a statement released with the forecast.

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