We’ve been hearing reports since October that Microsoft is working on its own wearable technology to compete with Google Glass, the Galaxy Gear, and a host of rumored upcoming devices, but a new report adds a little more detail to what’s being developed behind the scenes at the company’s Redmond headquarters. Speaking to The Verge, an anonymous insider confirmed that Alex Kipman, one of the “fathers of Kinect,” is heading Microsoft’s wearables team, confirming an earlier report from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
Kipman, whose current title at Microsoft is still General Manager of Incubation for Xbox, has apparently switched his focus over to testing smartwatch and Google Glass-style HUD devices. Specifically, his team is working on customizing Windows software so it can run on these products, which may include a 1.5-inch Surface watch and a set of 3D Kinect glasses codenamed Fortaleza.
Considering Kipman’s experience developing the Kinect, it makes sense Microsoft would tap him to help develop a set of glasses designed to complement the Xbox camera. How a smartwatch fits in is somewhat unclear, though it has us thinking the rumored Surface smartwatch might rely heavily on sensors similar to the technology Kipman helped developed for the Kinect.