A new patent filing has been revealed showing signs of Samsung looking to get into the smart glasses market and take Google Glass head on. Samsung’s been known to try devices and screens of all shapes and sizes, recently released its smartwatch the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and now “sports glasses” could be up next for the company.
According to a filing found by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is preparing a new pair of eyewear that can be considered smart glasses. Categorized as sports lens, these new glasses have tons of features, and could be something we see arrive next year. Registered in October the filing mentions electronic eyewear, smartphone connectivity, as well as many smart functions.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of glasses from Samsung, with a report earlier this month claiming they have a Samsung Gear Glass product in the works. The device in question is being described as sports glasses, but that could change at time gets closer to some sort of actual product launch. Looking at the few limited illustrations provided we see built-in headphones, a heads-up-display type of LCD for notifications and more, and the filing even mentions a camera on board.
There’s plenty of options in the sports and action arena when it comes to Ski Goggles and such with displays and connectivity for navigating down a mountain, so this is nothing new. If Samsung’s aiming for Google Glass with the device, we’re expecting something much different. You’ll notice a dedicated cord coming from the eyewear, something we’d see in 2005, but we can’t imagine any wearable device these days having anything but wireless options. Sports Glasses can’t have wires running down your neck and headed to a smartphone, as that isn’t ideal.
There’s a navigation button or touchpad off to the side, similar to what we’ve seen from other wearable devices, and this would be one of the many tools for navigation. Given we’d expect Android to be under the hood as the operating system, not to mention Samsung Galaxy smartphone support, most navigation would likely come from S-Voice or even gestures.
The display would serve as a second screen for our smartphones. Used for sending call notifications, weather alerts and more all to the users eye, instead of pulling out their smartphone. Most likely what we’re seeing here is just very early prototype illustrations, and once more details arrive we’ll get the bigger picture.
Samsung’s already released a smartwatch, and it’s possibly some Samsung Galaxy Glasses could arrive in 2014 alongside the Galaxy S5 smartphone.