Samsung has registered a design patent with the Korean authorities in October. The design patent shows that the electronic device is a spectacle and it has been categorized as “sports glasses”.
According to the memo attached to the various drawings of the Samsung eye-wear device, “This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts.”
It is linked to a smartphone and it displays alerts to provide information running on the phone. The memo further says that the Samsung eyewear device provides an easy access to control when users’ hands are busy with sports activities. It also says that the lens of this device is either translucent or transparent. From what the memo and drawing of the Samsung eyewear device suggest, this device looks quite similar to what Google potentially offered while describing the functionality of the Google Glass. At present, Google’s smart eyewear is under development though the tech giant has allowed a group of selected users to test the device. However, the electronic eyewear from Samsung seems to have a much bigger emphasis on “sporty” aspect.
In case Samsung goes public with this device, it is likely to be the company’s latest string of efforts for making wearable devices. This strategy of Samsung became evident when they first launched the Galaxy Gear, its smartwatch.
A spokeswoman of Samsung said that the company won’t comment on its future product plans.
Developing wearable devices have become a latest trend for the mobile phone makers who are presently fighting against an increasingly saturated market. However, they need to address many technological hurdles.
According to market analytics, the battery life is one of the biggest issues with wearable devices. For example, LG Chem Ltd., the company that makes batteries for LG Electronics Inc. and Apple Inc., recently displayed batteries in the form of cable wire. These batteries can be used for wearable devices like a necklace.
However, Samsung doesn’t expect the wearable devices to take over the smartphones in the near future.
“For a considerable while, smartphones and wearable will co-exist,” said J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung Mobile Communication at a press conference in Seoul organized last month for the Galaxy Gear watch launch.
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