Report: Samsung could launch “Galaxy Glass” smart glasses at IFA

January 27, 2014

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    Samsung is reportedly developing smart eyewear, with a target launch at the IFA Berlin show in September.

    According to an unnamed company official cited by the Korea Times, Samsung hopes to benefit from an early mover advantage in the budding wearable devices industry and is currently developing a Google Glass-type device. The smart eyewear is tentatively dubbed Galaxy Glass, the official said, and Samsung is aiming for a release at IFA 2014 at the earliest.

    Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA last year, and said it would release a second generation of the device along the Galaxy S5 this spring.

    Samsung realizes that wearable devices will require long term investment, according to the Korea Times’ source, but the company is betting on the category as the next big thing:

    The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.

    Back in October, the Wall Street Journal uncovered a patent application showing Samsung’s take on a smart sports glasses device (pictured below). Presumably similar in functionality with Google’s Glass, the device would connect to the user’s smartphone and display information for things like incoming phone calls, location, or fitness tracking.

    Samsung has been rumored to work on smart glasses since May 2013, just months after Google released Glass to developers. The two companies announced yesterday a sweeping deal to cross-license their existing patents, as well as new patents for the next ten years. At least in theory, that means Samsung should be safe from IP attacks from Google related to upcoming Glass-like devices.

    Besides Google and Samsung, a host of smaller players are developing smart glasses, including Epson and Vuzix, which we recently got to see at CES 2014. The wearable market as a whole is exploding, though until now most companies have focused on smart watches, rather than other types of wearables,

    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      Galaxy Glass, dat naming originality

      • Jason Yuen

        You mean kinda like iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S or just iEverything?

        • Jayfeather787

          yea

      • Mohammad Osama

        MasterMuffin you didn’t miss any article in this site. You just have to comment on any article. When i read any article and scroll down to comments section, every time the first comment is from MasterMuffin. Lol

        • MasterMuffin

          :D I don’t comment on every article, but yea I read most of the stuff here :)

      • Bryan Z

        LOL! well.. somehow I’m not surprised still neither a smart watch or a Google Glass type of device have the potential to become a necessity like smart phones are. So unless this thing goes on sale for less than $200 and I can use it with my nexus 5… Probably won’t be buying one.

      • AA :P

        not really surprising. if you look at apple – they follow a similar pattern – iphone/ ipad/ ipod/ itunes/ ibook/ ios… so why would samsung break a very successful line of products ? we have something similar with sony’s xperia line

        • MasterMuffin

          I don’t mean that, it just sounds so similar to Google Glass

    • Jayfeather787

      Here we go again.

    • Moose

      Must they copy everything?

      • Kash Gummaraju

        I don’t know? Maybe they signed a patent deal with Google?

        • apianist16

          Ironically, yes.

    • Bradley Uffner

      Ooo, a cord, how stylish!

      • Nathan Powell

        I’d much rather have a cord and only pay 200-700 than pay $2000 for a device that can barely last 5 hrs

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