Rumor: Microsoft may pay for assets of Osterhout Design Group for $200 million

Microsoft is trying to turn itself into a devices and services company, as its financial analyst day on Thursday explained in detail. Today, there's word that the company may be acquiring all or part of a gadget design group in San Francisco that could help make that vision come true.

TechCrunch reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is in talks with the Osterhout Design Group that could result in patents that are owned by ODG being taken over by Microsoft. The deal could also include the group's current contracts and staff; the article adds that Microsoft could pay up to $200 million for ODG's assets.

This company has helped to create gadgets for both the military as well as consumer businesses. The portfolio of products created by ODG includes small but rugged computing devices made for soldiers all the way to the other end of the spectrum, where the company comes up with designs for air cannons for kids.

The article speculates that Microsoft wants to draw on the experience that ODG has when making new hardware products for its own product development efforts. If this deal goes through, we could see Microsoft come up with its own version of Google Glass, among other things.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via ODG

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Never heard of them but if it helps them bring some of the Microsoft Research concepts to the consumer I'll all for it. And what's this Xbox glass rumor everybody's talking about?

AsherGZ said,
Never heard of them but if it helps them bring some of the Microsoft Research concepts to the consumer I'll all for it. And what's this Xbox glass rumor everybody's talking about?

There are leaked documents and patents iirc for an Xbox glasses accessory, wireless, that would act like to show you a hud and or other information instead of having it on the screen, or something along those lines.

http://wccftech.com/xbox-one-a...-patent-information-leaked/

Military grade Surface hardware? I think Glass is going to flop so I don't see them doing something like that though they could do that Xbox related glasses device that's been rumored. That type of thing makes a bit more sense to me.

I agree. I don't really see Microsoft doing a GG competitor but a wearable device that compliments the Xbox can bring us a step closer to better virtual reality. I can imagine a player in his/her living room or in a stadium playing field where people are wearing these things competing with each other.

GP007 said,
Military grade Surface hardware? I think Glass is going to flop so I don't see them doing something like that though they could do that Xbox related glasses device that's been rumored. That type of thing makes a bit more sense to me.

Absolutely. GG isn't anything anyone else is going to be chasing... LOL