Reportedly, Fossil has stopped making watches that use Microsoft’s SPOT technology to display snippets of information they receive wirelessly.
According to SpotStop.com, Fossil is selling off its last inventory and will put its efforts into other areas. No reason was given for this decision.
This is bad news for fans of SPOT watches and the MSN Direct service, as many believe Fossil made the best looking of these devices.
However, Fossil wasn’t the only maker of SPOT watches. Probably the best known remaining company is Swatch.
A New Direction
In addition, SpotStop.com is reporting that Microsoft is hard at work improving the technology behind SPOT watches, and has moved the project back to Research and Development.
This company is now working to get MSN Direct integrated into devices besides watches.
Early this year, two companies announced plans to integrate SPOT technology into alarm clocks.
More about MSN Direct
These watches are able to display headlines, weather reports, and other information. To do this, they don’t need a physical connection to the Internet. Instead, they receive information through FM radio transmissions.
For $39.95 per year, users are able to receive news, entertainment content, horoscopes, sports updates, weather forecasts and personalized stock and lottery information, with the ablility to personalize content the user wants to receive.
For an additional $20.00 per year, subscribers can also choose to receive calendar appointment reminders via Outlook and personal messaging through MSN Messenger.
Visit the MSN Direct web site for more details.
Thanks to Geek.com for the tip.