Microsoft rumored to be working on a Google Glass competitor

By Shawn Knight · 29 replies
Apr 5, 2013
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  1. Microsoft could be working on a connected device similar to Google’s Project Glass that would debut sometime next year according to a note to investors from analyst Brian White. What’s more, he believes that Google has made significant breakthroughs around...

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    This is an interesting gambit coming from Microsoft. I honestly can't wait to see what they do to bugger it up. Will they have all of the important bits held together with nasal fluid? Will they introduce it with a completely unintuitive user interface while taking all comments and suggestions on how to improve the UI and dumping them into a fiery pit? Perhaps they could let their public relations team continue a bang up job which leaves the world and his wife maturely filling the comments section with ironic spins on the marketing blurb? Maybe it'll just release beetles into the eyes of whomever wears the mystical Metro glasses?

    Go grab yourselves a nice big bowl of popcorn and watch how Microsoft deals with this one.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    It's bad enough I have (my own fault) become a slave to the $*@&% smart phone, I'll be d*mned if I'm going to have the stupid screen in front of my face from the time I get up, til I go to bed (prescription glasses...have to wear them to see).
  4. rell42

    rell42 TS Rookie

    can you read microsoft's glasses will be more for entertainment. the xbox not for everyday wearing. I swear just hating because it's microsoft.
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  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Oh crap, this site is long overdue fora special comic column, working title, "M$'s Next Big Hardware Fail"...

    In truth, I can't wait to see the "M$ Surface Dance Troupe", "saddled" with the inevitable task of discarding any shred of human dignity, while attempting to promote VR glasses.

    Working title there, "Holy Jumpin' Jacka**es in Goggles, Batman".
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    I can read junior. The "C" in "can" begins a sentence, and therefore must be capitalized. Since, "can you read", in posed in the interrogatory, the sentence must end with a question mark. You know, one of these..."?".

    But you go guy, diss that mean old Lurker. He's probably just tired of bashing Apple, and decided to trash the poor, helpless, Microsoft Corporation....:p
  7. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Now quickly go back and read my original post. Can you tell me at what point I even bother to allude to this blatant bandwagon having an actual function other than providing Microsoft with another opportunity to bugger up and/or insult potential customers.

    Also, you shouldn't confuse my bitter disappointed with Microsoft for hatred. Microsoft has been pretty much the king of computers for as long as most of us can remember. Especially those of us who didn't have an Amiga. These days, Microsoft seems to be tripping over and braining itself on the front door handle before it even has a chance to leave the house and go to work and I know this might ruin your 'Lurker101 is a misanthropic git with an undying, unbridled hatred for Microsoft' thesis, but deep down I actually want Microsoft to pick itself back up and have another go at actually succeeding again.
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  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    This may turn out ugly for Microsoft, because Google is likely to have patented many related technologies.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The only way I will buy this is if it is in the way of an implant. You look like a fool with those stupid glasses.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    And you'd trust a bionic implant from the current crop of technological corporations, would you?
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    Let's hope Microsoft comes up with a way to make the technology more inconspicuous, like making it look exactly like normal glasses, without the terminator's eye.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I knew these comments would come :confused:. I would RATHER have implants than wear goofy glasses, I wouldnt really chose either, but I would prefer an implant.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Do you have a particular site picked out yet?:eek:
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Sorry. That was part of one of my ongoing musings about how hemorrhoid sufferers have taken "a back seat", to heart valve patients and amputees with respect to the development of prosthesis..
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  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    You are too funny man (y) :D
  17. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I'm rooting for MS too, but I'd guess if they fail with this one it will get chalked up on the wall with their other hardware failures, when really it was a bad idea, not a bad product. I guess we'll only be able to say MS failed if Google succeeds.

    But if this thing has specific uses that Google glass does not then they might find a niche. Sporting events could be cool.... imagine being at a football or baseball game and being able to see stats over a batter's head, or a first down marker on the field.
  18. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    At least in the beginning it has to be something you absolutely cannot do on a smartphone, to make the project viable and convince people that wearing another gadget improves things a lot.
  19. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Microsoft will do what they always do...Wait 5 years after the market has been saturated, and a dominant product has been named. Then they will come out with a product that won't have any decent apps available for it, won't sell well, and Microsoft will blame PC manufacturers for its failure.
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  20. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yup. Microsoft is dead to me. *nerd*
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  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    That's pretty close to accurate, save for the fact you forgot the part about the failure extending to the completely tasteless, annoying as hell, impotent attempts at hip, TV ads.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  22. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Microsoft should change their name to "Me-too Soft!" because they don't innovate. They just follow with what other people are doing, and they don't do it as well if I could be so bold to say. I do like the company, like most of their products. But come on already, lets see some R&D from turned on engineers made available to the public.
  23. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You have to be an expert in encryption/decryption to decipher some of the messages some youngsters post, In fact a degree in hieroglyphics is not much of an asset. You're wasting your time if you think you can teach them correct punctuation, capitalization & passable grammar in one small forum post if school failed to teach them the basics in 12 years.
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  24. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If Microsoft are, good for them. More competition means lower prices which is good for the consumer. I wonder who else will jump on the bandwagon? Ahem** Cough... Apple
    coppersloane likes this.
  25. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Ho boy, would you look at that!, good thing M$ can withstand trashing $ to make spunkgargleweewee specially since theres enough geniuses that like W8. Ha ha ha!

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