KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung reportedly will enter the augmented reality spectacles market later this year, with the firm's Galaxy Glass reportedly set for a September release.
That's according to The Korea Times, which has heard from an insider at the company that Samsung is aiming to unveil its Galaxy Glass eyewear at this year's IFA press conference in September. This isn't the first we've heard about Samsung planning to enter the eyewear market in 2014, with reports last October claiming that the firm would announce a rival to Google Glass at some point this year.
The Korea Times' sources claimed that Samsung's Galaxy Glass eyewear will feature functionality similar to that of Google Glass. It will reportedly link wirelessly to a smartphone device to display notifications and allow wearers to answer phone calls and listen to music through the glasses. Samsung's Galaxy Glass eyewear apparently will feature a built-in camera too, allowing wearers to take pictures surreptitiously.
It's still unclear whether the spectacles will only be compatible with Samsung mobile devices, like the firm's Galaxy Gear watch device.
The source said to the Korea Times, "The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can't generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets."
Samsung has yet to comment on the speculation, and there's no word on pricing or availability yet. µ