updated 10:25 am EDT, Thu October 24, 2013
Possible competitor for Google Glass from Samsung
Samsung is working on its own head-mounted display to take on Google Glass, a new patent filing reveals. Partly confirming an earlier rumor, the design patent filing shows a pair of spectacles listed as "sports glasses," with its general design and functionality bearing a considerable resemblance to that of Google's own device.
The Korean design spotted by the Wall Street Journal mentions that the glasses have integrated earphones for music and phone calls, rather than using the same bone conduction technology that Glass employs. A small display in front of one eye, built into a transparent or translucent lens, displays notification alerts from the smartphone, but it could in theory offer similar functionality to Google's version. While Glass connects wirelessly, cables from either side of the Samsung device lead back and join together into one single connecting plug.
While the filing at least confirms that Samsung is working on such devices, it is probable that any released device of this kind will go through a few more design iterations to improve some aspects, such as removing the connecting cable. If it does reach the market, it has to take on not only Glass, but also a potential competitor from Microsoft, as well as a whole raft of smart watches, including Samsung's own Galaxy Gear.