Is Samsung Jumping Aboard the Google Glass Train With Microsoft?
The Wall Street Journal reported early Thursday that Samsung is rumored to be developing a Google Glass-like product of its own, and the report comes just days after similar murmurings also circulated about Microsoft. While neither tech company has confirmed the innovations, the Journal has a design patent supporting its Samsung theory, as well as rumors of a tested prototype similarly backing its Microsoft claim.
Samsung registered a design patent with Korean authorities earlier in October that appears to be an electronic device in the form of spectacles, classifying it as a type of “sports glasses.” The Journal highlights the memo that was attached to several drawings of Samsung’s device filed earlier this year, which says, “This design is a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts.”
The device is similar to Google Glass in that it is a type of electronic eyewear that links to a smartphone and offers the same degree of functionality, but it has more of an emphasis on its sports appeal. The memo explains that the eyewear provides easy access to controls when users’ hands are tied with sports activities.