Galaxy Glass? Samsung files patent for smart spectacles

Is no body part safe from the Galaxy line's all-extending reach?

Samsung gets criticised for copyingApple's design techniques,colour choices, and even unannounced products, but the iPhone maker isn't the only company Samsung is willing to imitate. The Korea-based electronics maker has apparently set its sight on creating its own version of Google Glass.

Both Bloomberg Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal spotted a Samsung Electronics patent filing in Korea showing an application for "sports spectacles." The application says these sporty specs will have earphones for listening to music, and will integrate with a smartphone to accept phone calls and show notifications on a heads-up display.

Whether you want to call it Galaxy Glass, Galaxy Specs, or Galaxy Vaporware, the patent filing shows that Samsung is at least thinking about following in Google's footsteps. Patent filings frequently fail to transform into products you can buy, however, so don't get too excited about Samsung's smart specs just yet.

A blossoming field

Microsoft is also working on a Glass-like prototype, according to reports, giving a whole new meaning to the name "Windows." Just like Samsung, it's not clear if Microsoft will ever bring its Frames with Windows 8.1 (or whatever it would be called) to market.

Google's Glass project is currently in beta mode with a small group of testers--mostly developers and early adopters--before a general release. It's not clear when Glass might hit store shelves, but the best guess is currently 2014.

Wearable technologies are something of a popular trend among device makers right now. Apple is said to be working on its own smartwatch; however the company has yet to announce such a product. Samsung recently released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a US$300 gadget that connects to your phone and delivers updates such as weather, calendar appointments, and smartphone notifications.

Wearable devices help marketers 'join the dots'
Australians are quick to embrace wearable technology
In pictures: Samsung's new Galaxy gadgets

Sony also has a series of smartwatches out, and the start-up Pebble took Kickstarter by storm in 2012 with its smart wrist device.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags future techemerging technologyglassBloombergWearable TechgalaxyApplesamsungwearable computinggadgetsconsumer electronicsGoogleSamsung Electronics

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

TechHive (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?