Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to understand how smart watches work. The backend or “brain” of the watches are powered by Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT), a technology introduced by Microsoft in 2002. Like television or radio, the content is transmitted through FM broadcasting. By combining these two technologies, smartwatch owners are able to access news, weather, sports, horoscopes, Microsoft Outlook, MSN Instant Messenger, and other features on these smart watches.
The content accessible by these watches is transmitted over the Microsoft DirectBand Network which is a leased radio spectrum built by Microsoft in partnership with Infinity Broadcasting and ClearChannel in order to broadcast data over a wide area. This content can be received in 100 metropolitan areas in the US and five major cities in Canada and is moved in over 200 channels of information to smartwatches and other SPOT-enabled objects.
Smartwatch owners can use MSN Direct to buy, activate, and administer their smart watches. A user simply needs to create a profile using a free .NET account to activate a smartwatch. Once the account is set up they can pick and choose the channels that will be sent to their smartwatch.
Currently, there are four companies producing SPOT-enabled watches. These companies are Fossil, Suunto, Swatch, and Tissot. All contain the same basic components although they come in many different sizes and styles. These basic components are:
* The PCB (Printed Circuit Board): This is a multi-layered fiberglass board with tiny embedded wiring to direct electricity to the various components in the watch.
* The piezoelectric ceramic crystal: This component acts as a miniscule speaker driver, enabling the smart watch to create sound.
* ARM 7 TDMI: This is the watch’s central processor, literally forming the brains of the smart watch.
* The DirectBand radio receiver chip: A vital key to the function of the smart watch, this is what allows MSN Direct to connect with the watch.
Like any computer, the smartwatch needs memory and to that end utilizes 384 KB of RAM and 512 KB of ROM. The smartwatch is powered by a rechargeable battery that will vary in life span according to the model of smart watch and the amount of activity it sees.
Charging the battery is accomplished through an inductive charging coil attached to the contact surface on the back of the watch. This allows the smartwatch battery to be charged through induction whenever the surface comes into contact with the charging plate on the watch stand.
Expected to become a part of our everyday lives in coming years, SPOT technology is being developed to create new smart objects.
Think of the heart rate monitor watch as a tool that gives you a sneak peek at what your heart is doing. It’s great for athletes that want to push their workouts to the breaking point but not exceed it. It’s also a great tool for those who are not athletes and are not as in tune with their bodies.
Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. It is in circulates blood from your lungs to the lower parts of your body. By monitoring your heart rate you can reduce the chance of injury from overtraining and know you are getting a great workout by staying in the target “zone”.
Heart rate monitors can drastically increase your workouts. These devices can give you an accurate gauge of how hard you are working during your workout. Your heart rate should increase as you exercise harder. With this detailed information, you can tell if you are overtraining or slacking off.
By tracking your progress you will become more aware of external factors such as signaling a cold. If you are unable to get your heart rate to the maximums that you used to or your resting heart rate is too high then it is a good possibility that you are getting sick.
For most people exercise is a difficult thing to make part of their daily lives. It just makes sense to add a simple tool in the form of a heart rate monitor watch that can help keep you on track and make improvements you might have thought impossible.