Sources claiming to be familiar with Microsoft's plans are reporting that the software giant is working on prototypes for Internet connected eyewear. These prototypes reportedly very similar to Google Glass. Google Glass was one of the first wearable electronic products and are expected to sell for about $1500 is said when they are available.
The sources didn't offer any hard details on the prototypes Microsoft is working on. There is no indication of when the prototypes might go into production or if they will go into production. Microsoft reportedly doesn't want to get left behind with the wearable technology market as it did with the smartphone market.
“Technology companies can’t afford to wait,” Canalys analyst Daniel Matte said. “But device vendors will face a number of tough challenges including strict power constraints which limit the number of sensors.” Wearable electronics products of this sort are expected to remain a niche category for the foreseeable future. However, the wearable electronics archivist expected to be a $10 billion industry by 2016.