The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is the latest firm chasing after a slice of the lucrative wearable tech market. Asian suppliers have apparently been contacted in order to ship components for a “touch-enabled watch device,” for the software firm’s R&D department. There is, as yet, no indication whether the device will be greenlit.

Microsoft is lagging behind other firms on the wrist-based computing front. Apple’sefforts in this sector have already been well documented, and Cupertino’s nemesis,Samsung, Google, and another Korean firm, LG, are both rumored to be pushing forward with watches.

The Verge has pointed out, however, that Microsoft had an earlier foray into the sector, with its 2004 SPOT–that’s Smart Personal Object Technology, folks–which allowed the wearer to receive Messenger IMs, stock market action and news headlines.

The most visible example of wearable tech that we’ve seen so far, however, is Google’s Glass project, whose first batch of Explorer Edition AR glasses, is expected to ship to developers next month.

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