SPOT the New Watches in Las Vegas

At least two of Microsoft's partners are expected to finally release watches based on Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) this week at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Microsoft first introduced the SPOT technology at COMDEX in late 2002; SPOT is designed to bring simple and relevant information to everyday devices wirelessly. Microsoft officially announced the first SPOT watches last year at CES 2003. SPOT watches will be able to receive customized information from a wireless FM-radio based service, including news, weather, stock quotes, and even one-way short personal messages. Microsoft originally scheduled the watches to go on sale by fall 2003 but delayed them at the last moment. Fossil will start to sell its watches in its Las Vegas stores during CES this week. The watches will be generally available for purchase throughout the United States in major markets 1 to 3 weeks later. Suunto, another SPOT partner, is also expected to make its watches available soon. Fossil's watches start at $180 but require a subscription to Microsoft MSN Direct, which costs either $10 per month or $60 per year.

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