Microsoft testing eyewear - Report

Sources say Microsoft has created prototypes for Internet-connected eyewear similar to Google Glass; Kinect designer reportedly leading the team.

Microsoft's next device may be Internet-connected eyewear, similar to Google Glass, according to people with knowledge of the matter speaking with The Wall Street Journal.

One source said Microsoft has spoken with "several" Asian component makers to supply the company with cameras and other components for the prototype technology.

This source said Microsoft's exploration of wearable technology may only be experimental and could never achieve mass production.

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," the source said.

It is unclear if Microsoft's rumored eyewear technology would have any connection to Xbox.

A leaked 56-page document from June 2012 suggested Microsoft was planning to offer augmented-reality glasses for the Xbox One. This technology would be called "Fortaleza" and is planned to launch sometime in 2014, the document said. The glasses will reportedly run on Wi-Fi and 4G connections.

Separately, multiple sources told GameSpot sister site Zdnet that Kinect designer Alex Kipman is leading Microsoft's efforts in the wearable technology sector. Kipman has been spearheading Xbox incubation projects for the past few years, Zdnet notes.

A Microsoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

Sony is reportedly working on a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 that could be announced in 2014.

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Sublime408
Sublime408

The people that actually buy this should reenact that South Park episode about the TSA. "Lemme check yo' asshole." lol

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

Good, bring more spy gear into the fray

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Every breath you take Every step you take every move you make Microsoft will be watching you  

mrcharrio
mrcharrio

Nice to know the same turd who made Kinect so wanted and loved is making another turd that wont flush.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Really? MS aswell? So Sony, MS and the Oculus Rift is going to be on the market? Man this will be the same fail as MS and Sony's attempt with Kinect and Move..

masfima1
masfima1

once upon a time someone called video games a gimmick, I'm just sayin

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Microsoft and Sony going after that Oculus Rift market. 

arqe
arqe

Isnt this article published already months ago with same picture ?

Banefire76
Banefire76

Microsoft's headwear already has a name - Oculus Rift

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Just don't wear it when going to the bathroom. Microsoft has given NSA more than enough access to your privacy as it is.

surfacegeek
surfacegeek

That drawing is so weird 

A Pink Cowboy with a space gun coming out of the TV?

The girl on the left has one hand missin, and what was she doing there? Why is she walking from there?

A girl with some glasses that connect to her arm? And why would she take a picture?

 Who drew this?


xhawk27
xhawk27

Why does Gamespot have the Unboxing Xbox One video in every article about Microsoft? 


ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

xbox should have been always online and ps4 should have been always offline thats how they planned their future would be anyways.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

What's up with M$ obsession with the internet?

shutthefrontdoor
shutthefrontdoor

"Internet-connected eyewear" lol do they ever learn? Now they will know when I'm looking at boobs.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

And like almost anything else that poses real competition to Microsoft, Microsoft's eyewear will probably pale by comparison.  I have little faith in anything Microsoft brings to the table... and this has nothing to do with consoles.  The Xbox division is one of the only facets of Microsoft that's actually doing well, so quite the opposite regarding consoles.  Zune, Microsoft Phone 7 and 8, Surface tablets(lol RT), Windows 8 seems to be another Vista in terms of reception... they've had an incredible amount of absolute failures lately.

sethschroeder07
sethschroeder07

@OrphanSlapper Buy the PS4 and stop complaining. We need things like this to keep moving along the way we can experience entertainment. Think of being able to put on glasses that would be VR glasses for COD so you dont even need the TV.... Still cant wait for holograms to get to the public.

mrcharrio
mrcharrio

@arqe Yes it was the article on how Microsoft had applied for a patent to watch it's users through the Kinect 

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Do you normally wear electronics when you go to the bathroom? Are you the kind of guy that wears bluetooth headsets on the John?

crazyrage23
crazyrage23

@Sl4cka better not take your cell phone in there too... NSA has no problem accessing that either.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@xhawk27 They *must* have a video in every article now.  I'm still waiting for one where they can't find ANYTHING so they just show us a bunny chasing sheep.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@jinzo9988 At least Steam OS, and Chrome OS, will aid Linux with the weakening and future disregard to the necessity of Microsoft and its monopolistic windows program. 

Soon Microsoft will sue one of these companies and they will lose everything that they have bullied other companies into. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@jinzo9988 It's kinda weird, really.  What they used to do was to look closely at the market, figure out the likely winner, buy them, then pour in an extra pile of cash just to make sure the likely winner actually wins.  Why they didn't outright buy Google back when it was small is beyond me.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@jinzo9988 Just FYI - If Xbox was the only division of Microsoft that was doing well, they would be capital f u c k 'd.  I think the Xbox unit has achieved profitability finally, but it's not gangbusters.  Microsofts bread and butter is the business sector, which they do in fact kill it at.  For a lot of operations, there isn't an alternative to using Windows Server solutions, and of course Microsofts Office Package.  There are very few computers that don't have these software packages installed (Mac or PC).  

I'm not talking up M$ quality by the way,  the only time my Mac crashes is when I use a M$ program, lol.  And of course, they definitely make a buck or two off of those operating systems.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@stage4saiyan Sometimes. When I know it's going to be a long and hard battle, I might call up one of the friends for moral support.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@crazyrage23Yeah, but I keep my mobile in my pocket. The ms glasses on the other hand would quite likely be on my head and be able to see what I see (e.g. something that I keep in my pants that NSA understandably could mistake for a WMD).

arqe
arqe

@pip3dream @jinzo9988 Xbox Achieved profitability finally ? It took HALF OF THE FUCKING PLAYSTATION player base. 

Playstation is not gonna win until they get their 150million back.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@pip3dream @jinzo9988 Microsoft has their fingers all over the pie... not just one piece of it.  As a whole, I think my "one of the only facets that's doing well" comment still stands when you take into account the range of products Microsoft has put out there.

I agree with the business sector.  I work as a tech analyst at a major bank and it's HP equipment only(within reason) and everyone's on XP with a couple dozen Win7 test builds and a small UNIX division.  It goes back to what I said about a lack of competition.  In terms of OS, Mac is the closest competition it has and because of the way software development is, it's absolutely brutal at this stage in the game to try and release an OS to compete with Microsoft and bring it up to a level where any software dev that wants to make money needs to make a version of their product for both OSs.

I also agree with Office, but that has to do with people and their unwillingness to learn something else.  Nobody uses OpenOffice in schools, nobody teaches it, and you're never going to convince Windows-dominated companies (which is pretty much everybody) to use it over MS Office even with all the licensing costs to run a legitimate MS Office environment. 

I'm talking about a brick-and-mortar shopper, a singular consumer that doesn't have a business need.  I'm talking about a consumer that has realistic options at their fingertips... consumers who are not pigeonholed into using something only because everything else is unsupported.  Take being a PC gamer for example... it's not an option to run anything other than a Windows system unless you want to see a HUGE chunk of your purchasing library become unavailable.  That's not making a choice for Microsoft, that's being shackled by it.  The console wars are a good example of choice, where both the 360 and the PS3 are in real competition and people are legitimately choosing one over the other.

bill2theE
bill2theE

No! That's exactly what they want you to do! No dance off is complete without Kinect 2.0 and snazzy, WI-FI connected hater blockers! You're playing right into their hands.....

bill2theE
bill2theE

Just like Platypus = Duck + Beaver.