Microsoft Rumored To Have Google Glass Rival On The Way

Will AR goggles become the new Ray-Bans?

Industry analyst Brian White is the source of a new rumor about Microsoft's future in wearable tech: White suggests that Microsoft is following Google's lead and will introduce its own wearable augmented reality goggles in the first half of 2014.

White's argument is that Google has made such a splash in both hardware and the software apps that will support Glass that Microsoft is going to try to directly compete with Google. Since Microsoft has been moving into smartphone and tablet markets in an effort to rival both Google and Apple, White's arguments are plausible: Microsoft could easily be keen to tap into the reams of user data that connected AR goggles will generate as Google itself is. The same reason explains why other players including China's Baidu and a long list of other folks are also reportedly working in the AR headware space.

White stirred up another hot rumor earlier this week with a suggestion that Apple's much-rumored television will arrive in late 2013 and sport a novel ring-like control device.

Is it inevitable that we'll soon be wearing AR goggles as commonly as we carry smartphones right now?

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  • Sparkling Apps

    Apps, the Netherlands based mobile app developer, had a deep look
    into Google Goggles, and used it as a base to create an advanced
    mobile image recognition app themselves, calling it ‘Talking
    Goggles’. Talking Goggles, as the name suggests, speaks out the
    results it finds. You can take any photo or run a camera feed, and
    the app will tell you what it finds on the image. . App link:
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  • ActualTechUser

    Microsoft showed a working prototype of google-glass-like project 25 years ago (1990), see video DARPA funded. Since then researchers working on tech, UI, and privacy issues involved....

  • PF

    It's not inevitable.  It's sad that Google and likely others will ignore the obvious problem of user appearance in wearable devices.  Already the term "Glasshole" is around for Google Glass and it's a continuation of past mistakes they think they can overcome by trying to convince people it's cool to stick a gizmo on your face.  It's clearly not for the vast majority of the population.  Wearable tech needs to disappear.  This can be done, but so far none of the big boys have attempted to wrestle with this issue.  Check out CINEwear Labs, who has figured out how to hide wearable display technology.  Example in the pic.