Samsung launching “Samsung Galaxy Glass” at IFA Berlin?

Samsung seemingly wants to be in every consumer electronics category they can be in, so to learn that they might be launching their own pair of smart glasses isn’t quite that surprising. The news was reported by Korea Times who suggests Samsung will make the announcement at IFA Berlin (which takes place around September each year).

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The timing is interesting considering Samsung’s new 10-year cross-licensing deal with Google, a deal that will give both sides access to each other’s full range of technology patents spanning multiple areas of technology. Considering Google has key patents for devices like Google Glass, we’d say they’re already off to a good start in taking advantage of them.

An official at Samsung Electronics reportedly commented on the market potential of smart glasses:

The market potential for smart glass is huge. It will be used in trucks, cars and has a greater impact on related industries such as glass- and coatings-makers,

Samsung is certainly aiming to be everywhere there is huge potential for growth, such as the company’s bid for smart watch dominance with the Galaxy Gear. They’re said to be introducing the next generation of that device at an upcoming event, giving them a solid sequel to one of the biggest and fastest growing sub-sectors in wearable technology to date.

Samsung will have to take care and make sure they don’t rush whatever product they may be cooking up. It’s a tactic that hurt the aforementioned Galaxy Gear, which Samsung all but admitted was rushed to market before it was truly ready. Many believe Samsung was looking to beat Apple as the Cupertino company was also rumored to be introducing a smart watch, but that never came to pass.

Considering Samsung doesn’t have any other major competitors in the smart glass arena outside of Google, we’d imagine the pressure to make it to market won’t be nearly as big. Let’s hope they take their time and make a product worth paying attention at some point later this year.

 

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  • MIKEEEEE

    i would love to see these with a pair of rayban 4125 frames.

  • WORPspeed

    Specifics:
    Only works when paired with a Galaxy Gear tethered to one of 3 yet to be released Galaxy phones and will be able to tell you the time on command. Other features will be added over time. (Get it ? Over TIME? Really? Well w/e)

  • steveb944

    I think Google is the one to lose with the patent agreement. Stupid patent lawsuits making companies share their ideas. I just hope Google Glass can improve with this because we know Samsung sucks at wearable tech, e.g. Gear.

    • Ben Lutgens

      They suck due to loading up our devices with unremovable bloatware too =(

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    This isn’t the “glass” I’m excited about in 2014.

    (hint: Oculus Rift is approx 143 times more exciting, and will be getting my $$$ :))

  • aranea100

    Samsung glass won’t work for me because it will support only two or three samsung phones with no guarantee that it will be updated in the future to support new phones.

    • nope

      And it will be really heavy with all the bloat.
      And probably come with some version of lagged out touchwiz

  • nope

    Just a question for any glass owners… Do you keep your glass on while peeing? I would feel like google is looking at my ding dong…

    • vikings football

      and im sure the NSA will have access to live video feed of your ding dong as well