Samsung To Launch Its Tizen-Powered 'Gear Glass' At The IFA In September 2014

Samsung may release its own Google Glass-like device called Gear Glass as early as September this year.

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According To A Business Korea Report, Samsung Is Working On Its Google Glass Competitor Called Gear Glass And Will Launch It At The IFA In September

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The report says that a Samsung employee passed along the info, saying the so-called “Gear Glass” will be ready for the annual IFA electronics show in Berlin this fall.

Samsung's Gear Glass Doesn't Look Anything Like The Google Glass, Claims The Report

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It has a small earpiece and a prism to view the content. Like Samsung’s current generation smartwatches and fitness band, the Gear Glass too will run on Tizen OS.

Tizen is the OS that now powers Samsung’s Gear line of wearable wristborne devices, after the Korean company switched over from using Android on the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch released last year. For wearables, Tizen has benefits in terms of power consumption that allow them to spend less time on the charger and more time on the bod.

In A Statement To The Publication, A Samsung Executive Said:

"We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September."

The New Report Echos Previous Rumours That Have Been Circulating For Months

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In October, Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin tweeted that Samsung would release its own Google Glass competitor called Gear Glass that could launch this year in April or May.

But now it looks like Samsung will wait to introduce Gear Glass at IFA, the big tech conference in Berlin that starts September 5.

Not Much Is Known About Gear Glass, But You Can Imagine It'll Be Similar In Terms Of Interface And Use Scenarios To Google’s Project, Reports TechCrunch

Gear is also said to be the trade dress of choice for Samsung’s wearables going forward, which is something the company telegraphed by naming its last four wearable devices something involving Gear.

It Seems, As If Everyone And Their Brother Are Developing A Glass-Type Device, With Patents Popping Up For Similar Tech From Microsoft And Even Apple

That’s a lot of interest in a market that arguably doesn’t even exist yet, but it’s hard to fault companies for trying something new, even if said projects seem almost certainly doomed to failure.

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