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[TX] Microsoft Buys AR Headset Patents For $100-150 Million.

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http://www.totalxbox.com/74099/microsoft-buys-ar-headset-patents-for-100-150-million-report/
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With all eyes on Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift, Microsoft has quietly bought up six already-issued and 75 in-progress patents for augmented reality glasses, originally taken out by wearable computing company Osterhout Design Group. That's according to a report over at Tech Crunch.

You can see the patents here - they were reassigned to Microsoft on 17th January 2014. Tech Crunch has yet to receive comment from the manufacturer, but it has spoken to ODG founder and head Ralph Osterhout, who confirmed that the acquisition had taken place but declined to give details. According to one of the site's anonymous contacts, Microsoft paid up between $100 and 150 million for the patents.

The glasses form factor VS a full headset is interesting.

Honestly though, competing with True Player Gear's VR headset features won't be easy. winksmiley02.gif

More competition is always good though.
Edited by frickfrock999 - 3/30/14 at 11:23am
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Chump change for MS. Pretty interesting concept. I'll keep an eye out for this one.
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Chump change for MS. Pretty interesting concept. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

Thats probably what they thought, and why they are snagging it up, because they figure that it was only a matter of time our smart phones will be replaced by glasses and watches.

Im waiting until they have AR pokemon games, then I'll maybe grab whatever glasses they have out.

yea, I'll be that creepy guy in my yard having pokemon battles with my kid(s)and their friends, while people walk buy and there is nothing there... tongue.gif
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Honestly though, competing with True Player Gear's VR headset features won't be easy. winksmiley02.gif

Frick, these are augmented reality glasses akin to Google Glass. Not virtual reality like OR.
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Frick, these are augmented reality glasses akin to Google Glass. Not virtual reality like OR.

I know. TPG's Toem has AR and positional tracking capabilities. tongue.gif
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I know. TPG's Toem has AR and positional tracking capabilities. tongue.gif

But you suggest it would need to compete when it is in an entirely different market.

Na' mean?
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I'm very interested to see what they come up with, hopefully they'll be able to size these down quickly. The more competition, the better for consumers. thumb.gif
The only thing keeping me away from a pair is the size of them, they draw quite a bit of attention as I've seen from my friend's experience. However, people are just curious as to what you have on your face and are fascinated by it.


I will say though, AR has come a long away in terms of size and power over the years, quite frankly I can't wait to own a pair.
For example here's an early go at Google Glass to current.


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This doesn't necessarily mean they are looking to produce their own AR glasses. These patents may be worth much more later on.
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Imagine Glass tech matched with VR and Kinect Tracking. That would be a killer combo and It would have my money no matter what. thumb.gif
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Companies of that size need to be proactive.
Thus Apple, Google, MS and now FB are very aggressive in acquiring tech companies and pattents that will help them diversify. One trick ponies remain stagnant and might even "die" should a breakthrough comes around the "opposite" than expected corner.

Ofc you can throw your 2cents arguing against MS trying to make tablets and phones, or FB getting into VR headsets and buying your fav startup, but...talk is cheap.
Do better with your own multi-$bil company. Oh, wait...
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