Google Glass is by rights coming very, very soon and we’ve come to expect the launch of the iWatch, the Google Nexus Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch in the rather near future. But for those still convinced that what we’re looking at is no more than a wearable technology fad, it looks like Microsoft for one begs to differ.
As if to confirm that as far as new-generation Smartphone technology goes the way forward is the wearable way, rumor has it that the latest big name developer to get on board with the idea is indeed Microsoft. Call it Windows Glass, Microsoft Surface Faceware or whatever you prefer – a device similar in concept to Google Glass could indeed be in the pipeline from the Redmond software giant.
The news comes from Apple Insider having received word from analyst Brian White that Microsoft’s first piece of new-wave wearable technology will hit the mainstream consumer market in 2014. He didn’t pin down an exact release date, but was clear in stating that Microsoft has no intention of falling far behind one the Google Glass launch comes around later this year.
“It appears to us that Google has made significant breakthroughs around software applications as it relates to this new product,” said White, according to the Apple Insider reports.
“As such, we believe this initiative will kick off a major push into the field of wearable electronics and therefore will be closely scrutinized.”
What make the rumor surrounding Microsoft’s augmented glasses project so exciting is the way in which it could represent and integral component of the company’s Xbox 720 launch – another device that in conjunction with Kinect could see the Xbox 720 take huge strides ahead of competition like the Sony PlayStation 4.
Whether Microsoft Glass functions as a standalone device in its own right or primarily as a peripheral for other technologies remains to be seen.