Wearables are talked up as the next frontier for computing technology, and although Microsoft is reportedly readying a Windows powered line of smartwatches, the company has no intentions of joining the virtual reality party any time soon.
Which is to say, Microsoft branded headsets and glasses are still a few leagues away.
Although the company has invested in acquiring the technology and assets in augmented reality, word is that Redmond is not exactly sold on the idea of such accessories, for now.
Rumors, of course, as Microsoft is yet to make an official comment — but simply put, the company believes such devices are not a viable option right now. And the reason for this is because of patents. Kinect patents, more specifically.
This report claims that patent restrictions with the Kinect technology means that Microsoft cannot combine glasses and headsets with Kinect, and has shelved the plans for the time being.
Obviously, there are always two sides to the coins.
With all the hustle and bustle around wearable technology such as this, the Microsoft could be missing a beat here. More so on the gaming front. Google Glass is a fascinating piece of hardware, but so is Sony’s Project Morpheus and, of course, the Oculus Rift.
Then again, these devices are still untried and untested by consumers, and may ultimately turn out to be just another fad. An expensive fad, at that.
In which case, Redmond would be better off focusing on things that, you know, actually matter.
What do you guys think?