Microsoft's Alex Kipman reportedly in charge of developing wearable products

Microsoft filed for a patent earlier this year for a proposed Internet connected glasses devices.

While the future of wearable computing products is still somewhat hazy, Microsoft is rumored to be going all in on this trend. The Verge reports, via unnamed sources, that the company has selected Alex Kipman, its general manager of Xbox incubation projects, to lead a team focused on making new wearable products that run on Windows.

There have been reports in the past year that Microsoft was developing a new smartwatch along with Internet connected eyewear that could be a competitor to Google Glass. Today's new rumor claims that Kipman, who helped to develop the Kinect technology at Microsoft, has been tasked with looking into experimental wearable devices for the company to see if they could be released as a commercial product. Kipman's team is also working on ways to run Windows on much smaller screens.

Wearable computing has been a trending subject in the tech industry ever since Google announced their plans for Google Glass. However, there is still a big question mark on if the wearable products currently in development will be successful in the real world. Samsung's critically slammed Galaxy Gear smartwatch is an example of how this type of device may still have a ways to go before it becomes as popular as a smartphone, tablet or notebook.

Source: The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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as usual. late to the game again. but no worry. microsoft has lots of money to waste on marketing mumbo-jumbo and their legion of neo-zombies ... i mean fanboys.

Their products will be as popular as the Zune and the Surface tablet.


(I'll go hide in the corner now... )

0sit0 said,
Their products will be as popular as the Zune and the Surface tablet.


(I'll go hide in the corner now... )

I'm with you, so no need to hide in a corner. Wearable Modern UI Tiles is a disaster waiting to happen.

it would be nice if most peoples can't tell whether its just a regular glasses or its a electronic capable glasses ...

Torolol said,
it would be nice if most peoples can't tell whether its just a regular glasses or its a electronic capable glasses ...

Given the amount of privacy issues that Google Glass has raised, disguised headgear would be even less well received.