Google Glass might soon have some competition in the growing wearable device market, with Samsung’s announcement of their smart glass, the Gear Glass. Samsung Electronics hopes to take on the soon-to-be growing eyewear market by including their tech before many other companies.
According to the report, which originated from Samsung’s home, Korea, the company might be prepping its web-accessing eyewear for an early release. They plan to unveil the Gear Glass in time for IFA 2014, which will be held in September in Berlin, Germany.
Gear Glass will sport a prism above the right eye, which will enable a user to view content. An earpiece will also be included for listening. Samsung could also include the Tizen OS, which the company has assisted in developing.
The company has even spoken about securing patents and tech to build their own smart glass. The patents filed by Samsung have reached both Korea and the U.S. This will follow in the footsteps of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch, which was released last September.
It’s speculated that Samsung dropped the “Galaxy” from Gear Glass’ name to market Gear as a standalone flagship for wearable tech, much like Galaxy Gear’s successor, simply called Gear 2.
Google went into open beta on Wednesday with their Glass, giving users the opportunity to own one of their devices for $1500 and aiming for full commercialization by the end of this year.
Samsung and Google aren’t the only companies throwing their hats into the ring for wearable tech. Epson unveiled new eyewear, called the Moverio BT-200, at the Consumer Electronic Show in January. Microsoft has also filed a patent that could lead to a wearable gaming device, potentially for the Xbox. It’s suggested that this could be an augmented reality device.
Also scrambling to take a chunk of the market, Sony, Apple, and LG are in the early stages of their own smart glass devices.
It has also been reported that that wearable devices will become increasingly popular and integrated with our lives by 2025. In fact, some speculate that they will become as normal as carrying our cell phones or wearing actual glasses.