Microsoft technology has been woven into the fabric of wearables from the beginning.

Over many years, Microsoft pioneered key innovations in connectivity, mobile operating systems, remote sensors, and security that are now being reimagined in the wearables space.

The wearables sector is one of the fastest-growing areas in technology. Between 2015 and 2018, the number of people in the United States using wearables is projected to reach 81.7 million, at a compound annual growth rate of 27.4%.1

As with other technologies, the capabilities of personal wearable devices will only continue to grow. Advancements in functionality – furthered through the efficiencies of patent licensing – will ultimately benefit consumers as transformative new products come to market.

With a high-quality portfolio of more than 700 wearable-related patents, Microsoft holds more wearable-related patents than any other company in the world.2

Continuing Innovation in Wearables


Microsoft’s wearables patents are notable for their quality as well as their quantity. Research firm LexInnova found that Microsoft held more than twice as many high-strength wearables patents as its nearest competitor,3 leading Investors.com to name Microsoft “the wearables king”.4

Microsoft has forged unique collaborations with companies like Oleo and GoPro to enhance products with leading-edge innovations.

Microsoft’s advancements in wearables form only a part of Microsoft’s highly rated patent portfolio. Innovations from many Microsoft products, from Windows, to Cortana, to Kinect for Xbox 360, are also part of our contribution to wearable technology.

How Microsoft Technology Is Shaping Wearables


As the markets for wearable devices and Internet of Things devices continue to grow, Microsoft is well positioned to take advantage of this demand, and forge deeper and broader partnerships with device makers.

Microsoft’s leadership in developing technologies that are empowering the wearables market stems from:

Operating systems
Microsoft’s 40-year history building operating systems is unparalleled in the industry. For decades, we have been innovating on Windows solutions from scaling down to the first hand-held OS, to hyper-scaling from IoT devices, to cloud solutions.

File Storage
Microsoft’s industry-leading exFAT file storage and transfer solution connects devices with portable media (through SD cards and other USB-enabled storage devices).

Connectivity
Microsoft is a pioneer in WiFi and mobile connectivity. We continue to make bold bets on the technologies that are powering the future of connected devices, developing wireless, telegraphic, and telephonic communications networks.

Sensors
Sensor innovations are the foundation of intelligent data collection and the future of augmented reality. Microsoft has a long history of developing the technologies that power breakthrough products, from the touch stylus to the revolutionary facial recognition tracking used in gaming, mobile, and aware computing.

Gesture Computing
Microsoft is building on innovations in its motion-sensing Kinect systems to create engaging new technologies that are the future of augmented reality and virtual reality.

Graphical User Interface
Microsoft designs and tests user interfaces relentlessly to make the user experience as frictionless and simple as possible.

Voice recognition
From our heritage in Microsoft voice command to digital personal assistant Cortana, Microsoft has a long and continuing history in interactive technologies.

Multi-Touch
We lead the industry in multi-touch technologies.

Security
Microsoft has always been ahead of the curve in developing technologies to protect data and information. More than a decade ago, we created a model for the industry by developing a trustworthy computing initiative to make security a top priority, and we established a digital crimes unit to address this ever evolving landscape to keep data safe.

AI
The next wave of computing means infusing intelligence into the digital experience. With our cloud-backed technologies, we are unique in having the technologies and scale to push forward in this area.

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