Teeny Module Runs New .NET Embedded Software Stack
A small startup is prepping a tiny computer module that runs a new Microsoft embedded software platform developed for use in watches and other "smart personal objects."A small startup in Microsoft Corp.s backyard is poised to begin shipping a tiny, 32-pin chip-like computer module that runs ".NET Embedded," a new Microsoft embedded software platform developed for use in watches and other "smart personal objects." The module, developed by .netcpu Corp., incorporates portions of Microsofts Smart Personal Objects Technology hardware and software. Microsoft developed SPOT to allow its software to be used more pervasively. The technology was unveiled by Bill Gates nearly two years ago, and has since become the basis of a series of consumer wristwatch products from leading watch makers.
SPOT represents a set of hardware and software technologies capable of being embedded in "watches, accessories, peripherals, display surfaces, appliances, everyday objects, personals, mobiles, sensors/actuators, and toys," said Donald Thompson, software architect and former development manager for SPOT. SPOTs overall goal is to "increase the usefulness of everyday objects that we can wear, carry, or that might be scattered throughout the environment, ultimately making some activity easier and/or more enjoyable," Thompson said.