SPOT or Smart Personal Objects Technology was a cancelled project by Microsoft aimed at developing personalised smart appliances, electronics and other devices by using advanced software and hardware features. Initially started as an incubator project, Bill Gates announced it in 2002 at the COMDEX computer exposition. Later at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show, Gates presented a set of prototype smart watches indicating the first device that would support the technology.
Unlike contemporary technologies, SPOT relied on FM radio subcarrier transmission to transfer data instead of conventional connectivity methods such as Wi-fi or 3G. SPOT aimed to make life easier and more convenient for users by providing personalised information and simplifying the management of everyday tasks.
What is SPOT technology?
SPOT stands for Smart Personal Objects Technology. It was a cancelled project initiated by Microsoft aimed at creating personalised smart devices using advanced software and hardware features.
What kind of devices supported SPOT technology?
Initially, Microsoft presented a set of prototype smart watches indicating the first device that would support the technology. The project aimed at developing personalised smart home appliances, consumer electronics and other devices.
How was data transferred in SPOT technology?
SPOT used FM radio subcarrier transmission to transfer data, which was different from conventional connectivity methods like Wi-fi and 3G.
Although SPOT was ultimately cancelled, it aimed to revolutionize the production of smart personalized devices that could simplify the management of everyday tasks. Despite the cancellation of the project, the research spurred Microsoft’s innovative spirit, and many of the learnings may have led the way in the development of IoT devices today.