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Microsoft Readies Answer to Google Glass
The company�is testing prototypes�for Internet-connected eyewear similar toGoogle's (GOOG�+0.37%)�Glass, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal, underscoring the company's ambitions to go head-to-head with Google, Samsung and�Apple�(AAPL�-0.29%)�on devices.
Last month, Microsoft struck�a $7 billion deal to acquire�Nokia(NOK1V.HE�+0.85%)'s cellphone business in a bid to catch up in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. Microsoft also has launched the Surface tablet computer and�continues to test its own touch-enabled watch, people familiar with the matter have said.
Research firm Gartner expects the market for wearable smart electronics to be a $10 billion industry by 2016. Last month, Samsung unveiled�the Galaxy Gear, a digital watch that can run apps and interact with its own family of smartphones.
"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."
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