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Actor Kunal Nayyar wearing Google Glass
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When Google unveiled its Google Glass wearable electronic device, it caught the imagination of many people with its futuristic looks and premise. Following the initial buzz created by Google Glass, word has now surfaced that Microsoft is currently testing prototypes of its own internet-connected eyewear.

The tip comes from people who “claim to be familiar” with the plans at Microsoft according to the Wall Street Journal. “Technology companies can’t afford to wait,” Canalys analyst Daniel Matte said. “But device vendors will face a number of tough challenges including strict power constraints which limit the number of sensors.”
The market for wearable smart electronics is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2016. Microsoft missed out on the big smartphone market shift that occurred when the original iPhone launched in 2007. It also missed the boat after Apple found success in the tablet market with the iPad and saw its first generation, first-party tablet hardware flop. Microsoft doesn’t want to get caught flat-footed again in the wearables market.

Internet connected eyewear is expected to remain a niche category for at least the next 3 to 5 years, but products like Google Glass are expected to do well in specialized markets such as security and healthcare.

One key factor for wearable electronics such as Google Glass and competing products is the price. Google Glass is expected to sell for around $1,500. Those prices obviously need to come down significantly moving forward to attract a large consumer market. Consumers will also have to get past the “creep factor” of connected eyewear.

Source: WSJ

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One question
By Dr of crap on 10/22/2013 10:25:35 AM , Rating: 2
IS Google glass selling like an iphone in its first week or something?

RE: One question
By retrospooty on 10/22/2013 10:34:20 AM , Rating: 1
I think its like the Smartwatch. All of the OEM's are trying to create a new revenue stream as the smartphone/tablet market gets saturated. Most of the hype for smartwatches and glasses are being generated by the OEM's in hopes they catch on. The glasses might in some small way, but I doubt watches ever will.

RE: One question
By Gio6518 on 10/22/2013 10:48:58 AM , Rating: 2
The glasses might in some small way, but I doubt watches ever will.

Watches agreed not so much....But glasses on the other hand...IMO have a great future I see great potential that still hasn't been tapped such as a hologram interface controlled by hand gestures (the S4 is a good start). Possibly like Minority Report without the gloves

RE: One question
By FITCamaro on 10/22/2013 11:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
Oh great so now instead of surfing the internet in class, Johnny is going to be staring at holographic porn only he can see.

RE: One question
By glenn8 on 10/22/2013 4:58:28 PM , Rating: 3
I know right. In the past we had to day dream about our naked girls while in class. Now kids don't even have to use their imaginations.

RE: One question
By othercents on 10/23/2013 4:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
Unlike today where kids have to leave their phones outside the classroom, you believe that in the future teachers are going to allow them to wear electronic glasses? Typically teachers are good at removing those distractions and electronic glasses will be the same.

IMHO. Glasses are like watches. They give you a display to see your schedule, text messages, emails, and incoming calls. I believe that glasses could be a phone replacement allowing to surf the web and load apps, however those types of advancements are a few years away. I also don't like the idea of having camera's on the front without a cover and a way to tell someone just took a photo or video of you.

RE: One question
By retrospooty on 10/22/2013 11:22:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I meant in a small way, as in I dont think it will be as big as smartphones. At least not for a long time.

RE: One question
By drlumen on 10/22/2013 12:50:12 PM , Rating: 3
While the smart watches are still in their infancy I would think watches will eventually catch on - especially more than glasses.

They seem kinda crude and nerdy (calculator watch) now but not so more than glasses. Just wait until Rolex, Cartier or even Timex starts cranking them out.

RE: One question
By One43637 on 10/22/2013 1:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
because everyone doesn't want to be left out of the party when the next big thing in consumer devices blows up.

Even Intel is gearing into it. They hired a former Nike design engineer working on their FuelBand.

RE: One question
By Reclaimer77 on 10/22/2013 4:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
Google Glass, or a similar product, IS the future. Until safe and non-intrusive eye implants or smart contacts can be developed.

If you cannot see that, your thinking is just way skewed.

RE: One question
By DiscoWade on 10/22/2013 7:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
Futurama had it first. The "EyePhone".

RE: One question
By TakinYourPoints on 10/22/2013 5:27:06 PM , Rating: 1
Throw crap at the wall and see what sticks

$1500 is not right
By Rage187 on 10/22/2013 2:55:57 PM , Rating: 3
Google Glass is not going to retail for $1500. $499 and I think that is high.

What's the definition of insanity?
By Riusaki on 10/23/2013 6:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
Here we go again...

Seems to never end at this point with Microsofts money losing strategy of: "Let's just copy what everyone else does".

Microsoft is a failure of a company and this just confirms it even more.

MS Glass - start laughing ....
By fteoath64 on 10/25/2013 5:46:16 AM , Rating: 2
It will have a START button but you would have to say "Start", then it says "Star is an invalid command - try again".

You say "Balls", it responsed "Balmer is no longer with MicroSoft - try Elop!".

By bsd228 on 10/22/2013 4:20:43 PM , Rating: 1
Recon (Jet) is already working towards an year end (ish?) release of a sports oriented Glass, one that would give performance figures (speed, cadence, HR, time, whatever) in a heads up display, along with the other sort of features (camera, recording, facebook, sms, etc) that Google has talked about.

While Google can keep in in beta development for a long while, like they did with gmail, Recon will have to ship something fairly usable right off the bat. But since it's a more focused niche, if they can have usable apps for runners, cyclists (seem to already, based on George Hincapie promos), and skiers, that may be enough to get it going. Just have to deliver the hardware and with acceptable battery life.

If MS wants to enter, they may need to actually find a specific need to fill, rather than try an overarching 'it will do everything if it can sell enough to get to critical mass.' We've seen over and over how poorly that works for them.

me-too imitator
By Argon18 on 10/22/13, Rating: -1
RE: me-too imitator
By retrospooty on 10/22/2013 11:51:17 AM , Rating: 5
Are you really that unaware, or is this an act?

Netscape first, then IE. - OK, running on what OS?

Playstation first, then Xbox. (Try Atari or at least Nintendo.

iPod first, then Zune. Wrong again.

iPhone first, then Windows Phone. MS had phones long before iPhone. The UI sucked, but they existed and worked.

iPad first, then Surface. ugh... MS had tablets long before iPad... Again, The UI sucked, but they existed and worked.

MS needs to focus on making better products, sure, but this retarded nothing that everyone copies everyone is just getting stupid.

RE: me-too imitator
By Argon18 on 10/22/13, Rating: -1
RE: me-too imitator
By ven1ger on 10/22/2013 3:26:39 PM , Rating: 5
Playstation was a competitor to Nintendo.

Just because Retro failed to see your comparison is biased because of your hate of MS that your logic fails to see that there were other products that paved the way. Even before the iPod was released there were mp3 players available but iPod became the success story.

Your hating on MS is bordering on psychotic, dude. Every company builds upon what the competition is offering, MS is no different in that regard. MS tactics in blocking competition is really appalling but so is Apple's tactics in stifling competition but yet you seem to be a fan of Apple but you detest MS. MS copies the competition and hate MS for that, but while Apple copies the competition, you love Apple for that. Kind of ironic if it wasn't pitiful.

RE: me-too imitator
By ritualm on 10/23/2013 11:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously? Argon18, you're proving to be an even bigger idiot than the other guy you're claiming as "really stupid".

Netscape first came out on Windows, eventually appearing on every other OS at the time. Fail #1.

PlayStation did came before XBox. Except, the only problem with your argument is Sony didn't originally create the PSX to compete against Microsoft - it was designed to go after Nintendo. Remember: Sony went to Nintendo to collaborate on a new console, only to get rebuffed, so it went into the business themselves. Fail #2.

iPod was released in 2001. Except, Diamond Multimedia released the Rio (MP3 player with 32MB onboard storage, remember that yet?) years earlier. Also, Creative had the Nomad line, including the HDD-based Jukebox, before the iPod came out. iRiver's CD-based MP3 players, Samsung Yepp, etc., all of them came out before the iPod did. Fail #3.

Windows Mobile phones were consumer phones. Actually, back then they're phone-enabled PDAs, and their primary competitors included the Palm Treo. iPhone? Not until 2007. Microsoft's been in the phone business before that! Fail #4.

Windows tablets pre-iPad were tablets, running a touch-/pen-enabled version of Windows XP (in other words, a full blown operating system, as opposed to the bastardized crap that was iOS). They're not widely used in the consumer space... so what? Apple's version was the Newton, released a full decade before XP came out, and it flunked at all levels. Fail #5.
Dude, you are really stupid, do some homework before you reply!!

I have to cope with bouts of short-term memory loss, and even I can remember old stuff better than you. Clearly, you were not actively heeding your own advice.

RE: me-too imitator
By fteoath64 on 10/25/2013 6:07:17 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes MS hit on a great idea and could not bring that to market to develop it further. A good example was MS Courier. That would make an excellent Surface product. Imagine a tablet like a book that opens with 2 screens side by side. Left screen is e-Ink based with touchscreen while the right is LCD normal multi-touch tablet. Folded fully one side is LCD color and one side is e-ink. A another small 640X480 e-ink screen behind the LCD so when closed this eInk screen is active displaying notifictions, SMS etc. With 4 softtouch buttons for Yes, No,Later, Skip.
It might be thicker when folded but damn sight more functional than standard tablets out there.
But NO, MS has to ditch COurier completely and nobody has seen anything close to it. Just standard tablets.

RE: me-too imitator
By OoklaTheMok on 10/22/2013 12:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Let me correct some of what you say...

Mosaic > Netscape > IE (There was a trend already developing)
Nintendo > PlayStation > Xbox (Xbox joined the party)
Rio > Ipod > Zune (ok, you called this one)
Windows Mobile > iPhone > Windows Phone (MS lead in this market initially)
Windows Tablet (XP, 7) > iPad > Surface (There were Windows Slates long before the iPad)

With regard to Google Glass, most tech companies have been working on wearable technology for many years. To think MS hasn't been working on wearable tech as well, would be very wrong headed.

But seriously, Google Glass is on of the dumbest ideas ever. Nobody, in their right mind, wants to walk around looking like Geordi La Forge.

RE: me-too imitator
By retrospooty on 10/22/2013 12:41:31 PM , Rating: 3
"But seriously, Google Glass is on of the dumbest ideas ever. Nobody, in their right mind, wants to walk around looking like Geordi La Forge."

Relax man, it's just the first rev of a product that can finally be done without being too large. In another year or two it will get really slick. I cant wait to have a NAV HUD while driving. Alot of other great things as well are coming with it. I dont see it being as big as smartphones, where nearly everyone aged 15-55 has one, but it will be pretty cool for those that do. Dont think "Google Glass" think "Google Glass 2 or 3"

RE: me-too imitator
By ven1ger on 10/22/2013 2:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, Google Glass, smartwatches and other new tech, are in its early stages, these are just rough prototypes but with a little imagination it could expand to very interesting uses.

RE: me-too imitator
By drycrust3 on 10/22/2013 2:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
In another year or two it will get really slick. I cant wait to have a NAV HUD while driving.

Exactly right! My observation has been the biggest advantage of a new technology is something no one thought of.
The same applies to "Glass" and look-a-likes: the thing that will make them a "must have" is yet to be developed.

RE: me-too imitator
By Reclaimer77 on 10/22/2013 4:08:22 PM , Rating: 3
Nobody, in their right mind, wants to walk around looking like Geordi La Forge.

Uhhh speak for yourself. Geordi La Forge had superior vision, light years beyond what anyone else on the show had.

But seriously, Google Glass is on of the dumbest ideas ever.

You'll pay for your lack of -errr- vision :)

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