Microsoft working on a strange Google Glass "competitor"

Microsoft working on a strange Google Glass
There have already been reports of a much cheaper (and far less functional) competitor to Google's Project Glass, but this is the first we've seen about a likely real competitor from a major company. Microsoft has filed patent applications for its own version of Project Glass, which was published today. 

The big difference between Google's approach and Microsoft's is that Google's Project Glass is intended to be something you wear all day long, while moving
Microsoft working on a strange Google Glass "competitor"
around the world to get information about things that are nearby, receive notifications, communication, get directions, and more. Microsoft is designing it's product to be something that is worn at live events like concerts and sports games. Microsoft's glasses will beam text and audio overlays relating to what you're watching.

So, maybe calling this a competitor is pushing it a bit. Really, Microsoft's product seems to be a straight augmented reality product that will replace a bit of the functionality that you'd get with a smartphone and a pair of headphones. We'll see what it looks like if/when it's actually released, but so far it's not wowing us all that much.

source: USPTO via Unwired

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17 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Competition is good! :)

12. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Google;s approach appeals more to me cuz it offers more info and its not as limited as Microsoft's

2. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Windows glasses. Using nokia citylens?

3. Haxagon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

It will also include Augmented-augmediated reality and virtual reality for use with the next Xbox streaming and home platform.

4. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I'd wear these when I go to giants, 49er, and kings games. : )

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

hell I may even wear these at warped tour. :)

6. androidCrap

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

This is better than wearing that cyborg s**t that only make you look like derp.

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Nope, this looks like that ugly 3 % market share OS it is based on, Windows Phone 8.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look like google is the only one with fresh idea. What happened to apple and microsoft? Even samsung innovate faster than those two despite having to confront lawsuits from both ends.

15. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

This was not Google's idea its a concept long pending and I remember one used in a mission impossible film by Tom.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Then star trek should own all apple design patents.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont think this is innovation now... just a copy! but still a good product!!! competition is good! so that more and more innovation and modification!

16. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

And Google copied this idea from military helmets and films. Almost all things are inspired by something and competition is always good for the consumers.

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

basically i see it as trying to make sci-fi a reality.....all these things were in cheap sci fi shows and now we are seeing them been made a reality

11. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Let that glasses war begin... XD

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And pretty soon they will start to sue GOOGLE like Apple will. But Google is the only one that actually have a WORKING PROTOTYPE.

14. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I smell this competition in 2015..

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