KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung apparently wants to take its wearable device portfolio one step further, with the firm reportedly working on "Gear Glass" eyewear.
That's according to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted the news on Monday. While this isn't confirmation, Murtazin has a pretty good track record for hitting the nail on the head when it comes to technology speculation, having recently predicted correctly that Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch would be too expensive.
Samsung developing own version of Google Glass. We will see it (probably) around april-may under Gear Glass brand— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) October 7, 2013
Murtazin hasn't treated us to any details about the Samsung Gear Glass device beyond its probable "April-May 2014" launch timeframe, but we suppose that it will work in a similar way to the firm's Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
If so, the Gear Glass eyewear would act as a second screen for owners of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone such as the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3, attacking users' peripheral vision with alerts of notifications and calls. We're going to assume also that like Google Glass the device will run Android, allowing users to use the head mounted gadget for tasks such as directions and internet browsing.
We hope Samsung's Gear Glass, if legitimate, isn't as bulky as the firm's smartwatch and will sport a more appealing price than the $1,500 that Google apparently wants for its Glass eyewear.
Samsung has yet to comment on the speculation, and we're not holding our breath. µ