Report: Microsoft Preparing Google Glass Competitor
October 22, 2013 9:51 AM
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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 “
” of connected eyewear.
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RE: me-too imitator
10/23/2013 11:19:12 AM
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
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.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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