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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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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.


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