Samsung patents smart “sports glasses”

A designed patent has revealed Samsung is working on a pair of smart “sports glasses”, potentially rivalling the Google Glass.

Samsung registered the design patent with the Korean authorities this month and categorises the device as a type of “sports glasses”.

“This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts”, reads the information attached to the patented drawings.

Similar to the company’s newly launched Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the glasses will connect to a smartphone and display various notifications and alerts on a miniature HUD embedding in the top left hand corner of the device.

The patent also reveals the glasses will feature a lens that is either translucent or transparent to present the notifications, keeping your hands free to engage in various sporting activities.

Apart from the visor-esque panel, the Samsung “sports glasses” look remarkably like the Google Glass wearable tech, which is due to launch into the mainstream market next year.

Currently, Google Glass is being tested by developers who are creating app content for the device.

Of course, a Samsung spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on future product plans, so we aren’t getting any official confirmation of the company’s Google Glass rival for now.

Hopefully, any potential smartglasses from Samsung will have more functionality than the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which until this week was only compatible with one smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

An increasing number of tech devices have launched on the market in the past six months, including the Pebble smartwatch and the Sony SmartWatch 2.

Samsung believes wearable tech will have a long way to go before it will overtake smartphones in terms of popularity.

“For a considerable while, smartphones and wearables will co-exist,” said Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin at a Galaxy Gear press conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Next, read our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tips and tricks.

Via: Wall Street Journal

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