Microsoft is reportedly testing a device similar to that of Google's much-anticipated Glass, in a bid to join the bandwagon of the wearable computing industry.
The software giant is set to be testing eyewear prototypes that could potentially compete with Google Glass.
Sources have revealed that Microsoft has asked several component makers in Asia to supply cameras and other key components for eyewear prototypes, Wall Street Journal reports.
However, the source cautioned that the device might never reach mass production adding that the company is determined to take the lead in hardware manufacturing to make sure it doesn't miss out on the opportunities in the wearable gadget market.
With rivals like Google, Sony and Apple launching their own smart gadgets, it is speculated to be a tough move if Microsoft decides to enter the smartwear market with its OS and Nokia acquisition failing to make a hit amongst customers and investors alike.