A Samsung patent could compete with Google Glass
The device, named Earphone, it could be available later this year.
On the same day that Google Glass went on sale for a limited period of time, Samsung entered the augmented reality market with a one-sided headset called Galaxy Glass, but referred to in the patent application as “ Earphone ”.
Earphone, the device that Samsung has patented in South Korea, has a single miniature screen that stretches out to be placed in front of the user's eyes. Unlike Glass, which wraps around the wearer's head and rests on both ears like glasses, the Earphone clips onto one ear and carries audio directly into the ear canal with a pad.
The screen has a hinge that allows it to be removed when it is not being used, an option that Google Glass does not have. However, Earphone seems like a Samsung initiative to get a second chance.
Samsung formally announced at the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it would release a device that would compete with Google Glass, referring to it as Galaxy Glass.
After applying for a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office, he offered more details to the regional press, including the prediction that he would likely present the new device at the IFA 2014 technology conference in Berlin, which begins on September 5.
Images of the new one-sided version, dubbed "Earphone," were posted on the Dutch smartphone website GalaxyClub on the same day that Google put Glass up for sale, for one day only, to anyone with $ 1,500. . It also coincided with the publication of information about Google's plans to develop smart contact lenses.
The appearance of the patent diagrams with Samsung's redesign appears to be a leak designed to remind potential buyers that Samsung is also in the running for the barely existing wearable display market.
According to the patent application, the Galaxy Glass / Earphone is made from “a transparent synthetic resin material” and is designed to offer “wearable augmented reality and the real experience of being able to listen to a variety of sources,” describes TrustedReviews.
It is also designed to connect to a smartphone, display prompts on a translucent lens, and allow the user to make calls from a Samsung phone just like a smartwatch or Bluetooth headset. Both Earphone / Glass designs appear to work wirelessly and are designed to work with the virtual keyboard control system for which Samsung has also applied for a patent, according to the Android Authority.