Microsoft Follows Wearable Computing Trend Testing Google Glass Competitive Product

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News Posted: Tue, Oct 22 2013 11:47 AM

The future successes of wearable computing are uncertain at this point, but as we discussed back in August, some research firms do believe that shipping values could skyrocket over the next couple of years. In particular, IHS predicts that 10 million "smart glasses" alone will ship between 2012 - 2016 - intriguing, given the fact that a mere 126,000 of those will ship in 2013.

Regardless of whether or not solutions like Google Glass are going to take over the world, it appears that Microsoft isn't planning on sitting idly by and risk missing a major opportunity. According to sources close to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has already been working on a prototype Glass competitor, though absolutely no details about the specs were given.

At this point, specs are not that important anyway - what is important is the fact that Microsoft deems Google's Glass worthy enough to compete against. Given this is the first time we're hearing about this, however, it seems like a release would be quite a while off. After all - we've been hearing a lot about Google Glass for well over a year, and that still isn't available in a consumer solution, and won't likely be until early 2014 (despite the goal of having released it this year).

The next couple of years are going to undoubtedly be interesting for wearable computing - not just for eyeglasses, but for smartwatches and who knows what else. I admit to having little interest in either of those things at this point, but I'm willing to be surprised.

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ajm531 replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 1:24 PM

Awesome. This is awesome. See this will be like the iPad in the sense that Google has introduced a product that has the tech world and even the non tech interested to the point where other companies will create a competing device to try and cash in on this trend. It's a reactionary response but nonetheless I look forward to it because should Microsoft or even apple create comparable or dare I say better then Google can learn and improve upon that which will lead to extremely useful devices for the consumer

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RWilliams replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 8:05 PM

Good insight! I don't have faith that glasswear like this will take off like tablets have, but we'll see. I tend to be an oddball anyway - I like to get rid of tech as much as possible out of my life rather than add even more in. It becomes a little maddening after a while.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 7:39 PM

Lol that's kind of funny since you write for an all tech blog but I more or less agree with you but I'm hoping it does take off. I'm the type of person that would probably be the first to sign up for tech implants and or become the first robocop

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For those interested in learning the latest on wearable technology, there is an event coming up next November 7 in New York City. Wearable Computing Conference 2013 New York City (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com) will show how next-generation technology is revolutionizing the human experience... People from Goldman Sachs, BioSensics, Sony, Hitachi, Apple, Kinetic Body Lab, HTC, Fingent, and many more leading companies will be in attendance. To reserve your seat, visit http://wearablecompcon.eventbrite.com

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