Samsung Eyeing Google Glass Rival?

The race seems to be on among large vendors to bring new and improved wearable devices to market before the competition, as chatter surfaces that Samsung Electronics has filed a design patent in South Korea for handset-connected eyewear.

South Korea's tech titan has a design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office for smartphone-connecting eyewear that would display information from the handset. Samsung filed the application for the eyewear design patent on March 8 but word just got out this month.

However, the patent filing does not indicate that Samsung's proposed device is a Google Glass clone. Rather than going head to head with Google Glass, the spectacles wearable is Samsung's own interpretation of a new form factor for the company that could rake in gratifying sales.

First off, Samsung appears to be positioning its smart glasses as sports glasses. The descriptions point to a Samsung product that is designed for outdoors activities or sports.

In a Thursday report in The Wall Street Journal, EUThis design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts,EU according to descriptions that were attached to drawings of the device.

Looking at the Other Side

Also, the design patent suggests trimmed-down functionalities. The glasses give hands-free control over the smartphone and can play music and receive phone calls through earphones. The earbuds in the design suggest the entry into audio.

Unlike Google Glass, the sketch shows a display over the left eye glass, in contrast to the Google Glass display over the right eye glass.

Samsung did not comment on the news of the patent filing. Some of the questions left unanswered include whether the eyewear could come with voice recognition, or a camera and, as important, whether the Samsung vision of an eyeglass wearable is...

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