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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
WHY ?
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
quote:
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".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH3G_haVEho


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


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