By Stephen McBride
South Korean smartphone champ to wheel out Google Glass challenger at IFA 2014
Samsung Electronics will launch a competing product for Google Glass at German tech exhibition IFA in September, according to English portal Business Korea.
The product will go by the name “Gear Glass” and will run the open-source Tizen platform bottled with Samsung’s updated Gear wrist-wearables, which were launched at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress in February.
“We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents” BK quoted an insider as saying. “Following the rollout of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September.”
The IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin will run for six days, starting on 5 September. It is one of the world’s largest, rivaling CES in the US and GITEX in Dubai. The choice of the high-profile venue is doubtless an indicator of how seriously the South Korean firm is taking the wearables war.
Samsung’s Gear Glass has a single-eye viewer mounted to an earpiece, but there is no word yet as to how its function set will stack up against Google’s offering, which remains in the hands of a select band of beta-testers.
Other players set to enter the eye-wearable arena soon, according to Business Korea, are Sony and Epson, while Apple, Microsoft, and LG Electronics have all filed smart glass-related patent applications.