Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
You can be pretty sure of two technology rumors these days: everyone is working on a smartwatch and everyone is working on a Google Glass-style device. Samsung already has the former — the Galaxy Gear — and now there’s concrete evidence to support rumors of a wearable device: a Korean patent filing.
The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog unearthed this image, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Glass. The filing, made earlier this year, says the “design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts.”
Samsung declined to comment on the patent filing, but it clearly shows the company is at least floating the idea of a Glass rival. Given that it released the Galaxy Gear and has a curved-screen smartphone on its way, we don’t see a reason that this device wouldn’t get a consumer launch at some point.
➤ Patent Filing Shows Samsung Preps Electronic Eyewear [Digits]
Thumbnail image via DPA
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