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Nokia's dead smartwatch looks pretty cool

Nokia's dead smartwatch looks pretty cool

The road of technology is paved with gadgets that failed to take off, or never even made it to market. Sometimes, those products were cooler or better than the ones that actually shipped.

That brings us to recently uncovered images of a Nokia smartwatch called "Moonraker." It was on the verge of an official unveiling last year when Microsoft bought Nokia and killed it in favor of its own Band.

Still, it looks like it might have been something interesting. It kept things simple and focused on email, phone and messaging apps. However, it did include a remote control for smartphone cameras, and Facebook and MixRadio. Plus, movement sensors would load messages or turn off the display depending on where you held your arm.

Between the sleek Windows Phone aesthetic and the bright colors, it would have been interesting to see how it did in the market. Take a look at some unreleased marketing material, courtesy of Microsoft design employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, Evan Blass and The Verge.

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What do you think? Should Microsoft resurrect this design for its future smartwatches? Let me know in the comments.

Want to learn more about smartwatches that did make it to market? See my handy smartwatch comparison chart.

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Source: The Verge
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