Samsung seems interested in the wearable devices more than ever. In addition to the second-gen smartwatch Galaxy Gear, the South Korean group is also developing a pair of smart glasses that will compete directly with the Google Glass, according to an anonymous employee who also anticipates the device will be showed off at the IFA 2014, which takes place from September 05 to 10, 2014 in Berlin.
Samsung would indeed like to introduce their smart glasses – tentatively dubbed as Galaxy Glass – as soon as possible so as to take benefits from the direct competitors. The wearable should be officially unveiled soon after the summer during the annual trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.
Last year, Samsung took advantage of the same event and unveiled its first smartwatch while the second-gen of the Galaxy Gear will coming with the Galaxy S5 this spring. But this time, the tech giant would be betting on a new category of wearable as they believed it as “the next big thing.”
“The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets.” An anonymous from Samsung said.
Back in October, Samsung filed a patent application that shows the concept of anti-Google Glass with a similar functionality that of the product from the Mountain View. It should connect to a smartphone, allowing users to make calls, read and reply to messages, make use of location services and dedicated to health and fitness.
The smart glasses seems likely later this year, perhaps coupled with the next-gen of Galaxy Note and the much-talked Galaxy Gear 2 with flexible display.
All in all! Being first on the market for wearable devices would be a double edged sword and a real bet that Samsung will want to win at all costs.
Source: Korea Times