Microsoft Working On Google Project Glass Augmented Reality-Type Device
Microsoft is not taking a backseat while Google makes a run for it with its Project Glass experiment. Microsoft is allegedly planning its own Project Glass type of device, one that is less ambitious than Google's Project Glass according to a patent application.
Despite being less ambitious than Google's Project Glass, Microsoft's Augmented Reality glass could be more useful, since it is intended for when the user is stationary. The glasses will focus on live events such as sports and concerts, rather than being up and center in the user's everyday life. By sending text and audio overlay of whatever is going on at a Football game, the device is enhancing the user's experience and not taking him/her out of it.
It sounds simple enough, and could very well find its own little space in this world if it all works out. However, Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do; since Google's Project Glass is already out in the field being tested. By now Microsoft should have some internal hardware testing in the labs, because this patent application was filed back in May 2011, a very long time for an internal test hardware to be up and running.
This isn't the first time we've heard of Microsoft's own Augmented Reality glasses, it first showed up when the Xbox 720 information was leaked recently. It is safe to say now that this device will in no doubt be compatible with Microsoft's next Xbox gaming console, should prove to be interesting for games and other media content.