Samsung Gear Glass Rumors: Little More Than Rumors

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A lot of hubbub has been raised about the possibility that Samsung (SSNLF.PK) will be coming out with its own version of smartglasses akin to Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Glass. What might have been excitement for the hardware power-player to step in the augmented-reality tech field could be something more dramatic, as the expectation is for Samsung’s product to cut all ties with Google. The question is whether any of this is true.

Numerous sources have reported on the rumor of “Gear Glass,” an augmented reality headset by Samsung that would attach around a user’s ear like a wrap-around headphone with an arm that reached around to the front of the user’s face with an imaging system just like that seen on Google Glass. Many watchers of Google Glass news have commented on how nice it would be if the device had the form factor of anime cartoon Dragon Ball Z’s scanners — and the rumored Glass Gear has close to that design.

The rumor, as reported by Business Korea, is that Samsung is developing the device and aiming for a debut toward the end of summer at the IFA electronics fair in Germany between September 5 and 10. Since Google is said to be aiming for a launch date of Glass by the end of this year, it would appear likely that the Gear Glass could come out before Google’s own AR device. Considering Samsung’s past relationship as a major purveyor of Google’s Android operating system, it might not sound like such a big deal for one to come out before the other, but the relationship between these two companies has been changing as of late.

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