According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is testing a wearable computing device similar to Google Glass. The wearable gadget war just got a little hotter.
According to people familiar with the product, the Richmond based company has been asking components makers in Asia to supply cameras and other parts for eyewear prototypes. It is said these devices are prototypes and not necessarily for mass market.
Microsoft is clearly keeping tabs on the wearable tech market, which not only includes Google Glass, but several of the Smart Watches that have hit market lately, and other exercise equipment such as the FitBit bracelet. Experts expect sales of wearable tech to reach over 480 million devices by the end of the decade.
The fact that Microsoft is eyeing a prototype also suggests Microsoft is attempting to move from a software company to one that has its hand in every tech pie. Smartphones and Tablets helps many other companies become Tech Giants, such as Apple, Samsung and Google, while Microsoft sat on the sidelines.
“Microsoft is determined to take the lead in hardware manufacturing to make sure the company won’t miss out on the opportunities in the wearable gadget market,”
– Anonymous Source inside Microsoft
Microsoft recently acquired Swedish phone giant Nokia for $7 Billion USD. 2012 also saw Microsoft create its first computing device, the Surface, and rumors continue to suggest that Microsoft is continuing to test its own wed-enable smart watch
Google’s Glass has yet to hit mass market itself, being faced with piracy and security concerns from the public. Google holds over 59 patents on wearable tech devices, while Microsoft currently holds 78 patents.[Via The Wall Street Journal]