So this new deal is interesting because it signals that Microsoft is looking to collaborate with smaller companies in order to advance the wearable tech industry. We don’t know what patents the deal covers, only that it covers wearable devices.
“Mutually beneficial and collaborative patent licensing agreements like this one promote innovation and lead to better products and experiences for consumers,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing; a standard line that doesn’t really tell us anything.
As for Olio Devices itself, the San Francisco based startup has launched a number of collections for its first smartwatch, the Model One – Steel, Black, Gold and Rose – with the most affordable model priced at $595.
We haven’t tested the iPhone/Android compatible Model One yet but early indications from Wareable readers suggest that it hasn’t quite brought its luxury materials, bespoke watch faces and cloud based assistance together in a reliable product yet. Still, we’ll reserve judgement until we have tested the smartwatch ourselves.
Olio Devices CEO Steven Jacobs talked up its virtual assistant earlier this year, saying it could be potentially more useful than Google Now, so we’d be particularly interested if the patents being licensed were being used to enhance Olio Assist.