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Microsoft SPOT Smart Watches

It was something straight out of Dick Tracy, literally. Microsoft developed a technology it dubbed Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) to put into household devices to make them, well, smarter. The first SPOT devices were Microsoft Smart wristwatches. Launched in 2004 after their CES 2003 unveiling, the watches received information over FM radio frequencies to deliver sports scores, weather information and other data. Later, the Smart watches offered users a free version of MSN direct. Microsoft killed SPOT and the watches in 2008, but not before SPOT found its way into other devices like coffee makers and other appliances.

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