Samsung to Unveil 'Gear Glass' Similar to 'Google Glass' in September
By Pavithra Rathinavel | May 16, 2014 9:43 AM EST
Google Glass is still in beta form but this wearable device can be purchased in the U.S. for $1,500. In the meantime, the South Korean conglomerate Samsung is expected to launch a device similar to Google Glass. If the reports were true, the wearable device will be launched in September.
Google Glass Tunes Instruments and Calls Cars, Microsoft Develops Similar Prototype. IMAGE: Wiki Commons/Antonio Zugaldia
The headset from Samsung is rumored to run 'Tizen' operating system. As far the functionality of the rumored headset goes, the wearers/users will be able to surf internet, answer phone calls, check text messages, and capture images, among others.
It is worth noting that Samsung is already expected to launch Tizen powered phones in India and Russia shortly. In addition, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches are Tizen-based devices.
For those unfamiliar with Tizen, it is a Linux-based, open-source operating system from Samsung.
Even though Samsung has not corroborated the upcoming headset, according to Business Korea, a Samsung associate stated that the company is working on a wearable device and it would be unveiled at a trade show in September. Interestingly, the wearable headset from Samsung is called as 'Gear Glass', says Sam Mobile. Again, there is no official confirmation on the name of the device.
According to Mashable, Samsung filed a patent for a Glass-like device in October 2013. The similarity between the Google Glass and the rumored Gear Glass cannot be missed according to the sketches from the patented device.
Interested readers can check out the sketches from Sam Mobile.
In retrospect, Samsung launched its first wearable device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, at IFA 2013. This further supports the launch of Gear Glass in IFA 2014, which is scheduled for Sep. 5, 2014.
There is no information available on the price range of the Gear Glass. Nevertheless, Google charges a startling $1,500 for the beta version of Glass. According to Time, the research firm IHS recently claimed that the manufacturing cost per Glass could not be more than $152. But the search giant overthrew the claim.
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