from the about-time dept
Back in 2003, we were pretty hard on Microsoft for its datacasting SPOT watches. There were so many reasons for such a thing to fail. Just as mobile phones with data access were becoming fancier, more affordable and more ubiquitous, Microsoft was trying to convince people to buy expensive, bulky watches that required you to pay money to access tiny bits of data that you could easily get for free elsewhere. To be honest, after the watches launched to a ton of hype, they disappeared so quickly from the scene that I had thought they were already dead. But Engadget now confirms that Microsoft has finally killed off those SPOT watches. Other than these announcements, somehow I get the feeling not too many people will notice.