Last month we reported that Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Glass project is under hold due to some reasons. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has stopped working on wearable as a whole. Today, IBTimes reported that Microsoft has been conducting secret UK trials of a wearable computer. This wearable device is not a glass, instead it is a wearable band, which delivers information and instructions to the user through an earpiece. It is developed in partnership with Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Guide Dogs UK to help blind people “see”. Microsoft started the testing with a group of eight blind people in Reading, Berkshire. One of them commented that this wearable device enables him to find his way around cities “as easily as anybody else”. It helps the blind people to navigate around complex buildings and public spaces. Tesco, Barclays, Costa Coffee, First Great Western and First Group are among ...

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Recently, we covered a key patent Microsoft filed for its eye-wear represented in the patent application as before. According to leaked Xbox documents, Microsoft is expected to reveal their AR glasses for games this year. We didn’t hear anything from Microsoft on this front from E3, so there is a possibility that the project got delayed due to some reasons. Today, WPDang reported that Microsoft’s augmented reality project is currently put on hold. According to their sources, the issue is related to patent licensing. The key patents related to Kinect sensor are limited to their current purpose and cannot be used for these glasses. Bing translated content from WPDang, But recently, the WPDang learned through their own channels, users who expect the Xbox virtual glasses may be disappointed. In current Microsoft Xbox team‘s internal plans, has canceled plans to the glasses, actually related development and without any problem, the main ...

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A Microsoft patent filed on December 6, 2012 became public today. It describes the touch interactions on a eyewear as we have seen in the Google Glass in the recent times. The patent basically describes that the eyewear can have one or more multi-touch sensors configured for user interaction. The sensors will be able to detect swipe, press gestures and even pressure of the touch. Microsoft describes that sensors could be of resistive, capacitive, piezoelectric, optical, reflective or light based sensor. And these sensors may be affixed or molded into frames of the glass. Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards eyewear configured as an input device, such as for interaction with a computing device. The eyewear includes a multi-touch sensor set, e.g., located on the frames of eyeglasses, that outputs signals representative of user interaction with the eyewear, such as via taps, presses, swipes and pinches. Sensor handling logic ...

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We all know that Microsoft is already working on Google Glass like wearable in its Xbox division. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release¬†some fortaleza glasses in 2014. There was also a related patent that might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Today, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup¬†might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Osterhout Design Group specializes in integrating new and emerging technologies to create disruptive product lines in Consumer, Industrial, Defense and Toy Markets. We offer complete product ...

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