The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is testing prototypes for a device similar to Google Glass, which includes a camera and Internet capabilities. Microsoft has reportedly been in contact with Asian manufacturers to supply components for the device, but the Journal‘s source emphasized that the product may not come to the mass market.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
Earlier this year, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White predicted that Microsoft would introduce Internet-connected wearable glasses by 2014. Despite being one of the first to introduce a smartwatch in the early 2000s, Microsoft has been relatively quiet on the wearable technology front.
While Google Glass has received plenty of coverage this year, the market for smart glasses may not be as big as some think. Jeff Orr, an analyst with ABI Research, told Mashable last month that he expects there will be 140 million smartwatch shipments annually by 2018, but just 75 million smart glasses shipments by that year.
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