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Actor Kunal Nayyar wearing Google Glass
No details on Microsoft's product are available

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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me-too imitator
By Argon18 on 10/22/2013 11:29:57 AM , Rating: -1
"Report: Microsoft Preparing Google Glass Competitor"

Of course they are. Microsoft is the eternal imitator, with the 3rd place me-too copycat products, always has been.

Netscape first, then IE.
Playstation first, then Xbox.
iPod first, then Zune.
iPhone first, then Windows Phone.
iPad first, then Surface.
Google glass first, then Microsoft Gay Goggles

Funny how with the exception of Xbox, the innovator with the first product is wildly successful, but Microsoft's cheap imitation is a total flop. Lol.




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.
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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
quote:
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
quote:
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.

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


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


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