Samsung has a design patent for wearable computer glasses. Design patents look pretty close to the final product, fueling rumors that Samsung is ahead of the race with Google a close second.
The battle for top spot in smart technology has moved from the fingers to the eyes, with consumer electronics companies targeting eye-wear as the next big thing in communication technology.
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The race to the top promises to be an exciting one, with two completely different designs from Google and Samsung competing for top spot. While Google is designing a self-contained wearable Android device that tethers to a phone wirelessly, Samsung has proposed a wired design with a micro USB connection.
Informally christened 'Samsung Spectacles', these glasses plug physically into a smartphone drawing power from the smartphone, making it less bulky than Google Glass which runs on battery since it connects wirelessly to a smartphone. Tethering the phone physically also opens up a plethora of possibilities, unavailable to Google Glass. On the flip side, a physical connection can be limiting in terms of movement, Google Glass scores brownie points for wire-free design.
Samsung has opted for ear-bud integration into the frame of the glasses, offering consumers a popular feature that Google has overlooked – music. Just like Google Glass however, Samsung has a few questions to answer – pricing of the glasses, device compatibility with other gadgets, performance, battery power, and comfort.
While both designs have their merits, Samsung seems to be a wee bit ahead in the game at this stage. The wired design should not pose too much of a threat given the popularity of headphones and earphones. A good pricing strategy can place Samsung miles ahead of other companies due to the advantages of a wired connection. Consumers are looking forward to the latest offering by Samsung, promising to arrive with a bang.