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Microsoft Clip, a Cortana-based “hearable” coming, report says

by Jacob Kleinman | November 5, 2015November 5, 2015 7:40 am PST


Microsoft already offers one type of wearable device with its fitness tracking Band. Now the company could be targeting our ears with a new gadget powered by its digital assistant Cortana.

Wareable reports that the device in question, allegedly called Clip, won’t launch until next year or later. Early prototypes could be ready before the end of 2015 though, meaning we might get an unofficial look at the “hearable” before very long. The design may clip onto your ear like jewelry, though it could also be a more straightforward earbud.

The new device would essentially put Cortana in your ear, making it possible to be in constant interaction with the company’s AI software. It sounds a bit like Motorola’s Moto Hint or even the futuristic earpiece featured in the movie Her.

Clip won’t require you to carry a Windows smartphone either. The device will apparently support Siri for the iPhone and Google voice controls on Android devices as well, though we assume you’ll get the best experience with Cortana in your ear. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon, though it sounds like it could be a while before Microsoft makes any sort of official announcement.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...