Microsoft testing its own Google Glass rival, report says

Steve Ballmer and pals are reckoned to be building a pair of their own smart specs, to go head-to-head with Google's own.

Microsoft wants to stick its technology onto your face, according to a fresh report concerning the company's wearable-tech ambitions.

Steve Ballmer and pals are testing prototype eyewear that's similar to Google Glass, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing 'people familiar with the matter'.

That mysterious source reportedly cautioned that the tech may never see the light of day, though apparently Microsoft has asked several tech-builders in Asia to supply cameras and other bits and pieces for its prototype specs.

Wearable technology is still in its infancy, but certainly has potential, as early tests for Google Glass , or Nike's popular FuelBand prove. Microsoft won't want to risk falling behind on a potentially money-making new type of tech.

The company behind Clippy is, "Determined to take the lead in hardware manufacturing to make sure the company won't miss out on the opportunities in the wearable gadget market," according to the anonymous source quoted by the paper.

Microsoft today puts its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets on sale in the UK, in a bid to take on the likes of the iPad head-on.

Microsoft has a real fight on its hands if it wants to become a big-name builder of tech, however. Its closest ally Nokia this morning revealed the competing Lumia 2520 , while Apple is excepted to debut a fresh brace of tablets in mere hours .

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