Rumor: Samsung to launch Google Glass competitor at IFA

 

Samsung is rumored to launch Galaxy Glass, a competitor to Google Glass, at the IFA 2014 trade show in September at Berlin.

According to a report by The Korea Times, Samsung, Sony and Google will be pushing wearable devices to the mainstream this year with smart glasses. Samsung has conducted research for uses of the smart glasses in various industries and believes that it has huge market potential. Sony recently unveiled a Smart EyeGlass prototype at CES 2014 and will also be launching the final product this year.

Samsung's electronics and display divisions are said to be working to create a translucent display for the smart glasses. "Galaxy Glass" is expected to be similar to the Galaxy Gear watch which means that it would act as a companion to the smartphone. Samsung recently applied for a design patent in Korea for connected sports-glasses which may be for Galaxy Glass, looking at the described features such as receiving calls, sending messages, taking pictures and listening to music.

The Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) has estimated the market for wearable devices to expand to $6 billion by 2016 and with big companies like Microsoft and Google alongside consumer electronics companies like Sony and Samsung entering the market, the devices will be available for the masses in large quantities very soon.

Source: Korea Times via The Verge | Image via The Verge

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This article is probably not accurate or Samsung simply doesn't understand what the concept of Google Glass truly is...which is an open source project in the form of wearable computing eye-wear. Samsung should be partnering with eyewear partners like Oakley or Ralph Lauren or whoever to develop frames and lenses that can incorporate Google technology into it.

Can't wait for yet another mediocre product like their Galaxy Gear.

At this point the only thing Samsung does is copy other ideas and put out a similar product as quickly as possible. Doesn't matter what state it's in. The only thing that counts is them being able to say "we sell one too".

If the quality of the design is going to be anything like their Smart Watch, it'll end up looking like a pair of Elton John's glasses!!

I have a feelings these are going to be like pagers, cell phones, and bluetooth headsets. Looks stupid at first, everyone will complain about them....but sooner or later, it will catch on.

Between cell phones, bluetooth headsets, smartwatches, and these... we're going to look like the world's biggest douche bags hahah.

Pretty soon, we'll be in the age of Deus Ex.

All these big companies are doing is making it easier for the govt to spy on your every activity. Remember, the FBI, NSA, whoever doesn't NEED a warrant if the company decides to willingly comply and hand over access to Americans' daily lives, via google search, android phones, and google glass... The biggest misuse of trust is not in our government spying on us, but members of the business world allowing our privacy to be invaded to gain favors with the US Govt.

well i'm sure if apple releases one it'll be 1. well designed 2. well thought out 3. at least ALMOST legal 4. not a way to steal my personal data and everyone elses' whos in eyesight, literally

however thanks i'll wait until microsoft releases one

morden said,
however thanks i'll wait until microsoft releases one

If they do it won't be for a number of years at which point it will be so far behind that app developers don't write apps for it.

morden said,
well i'm sure if apple releases one it'll be 1. well designed 2. well thought out 3. at least ALMOST legal 4. not a way to steal my personal data and everyone elses' whos in eyesight, literally

however thanks i'll wait until microsoft releases one


If you're gonna wait for Microsoft, you're probably going to want to wait for the 1.1 update.