Samsung is eyeing up the smart glasses market with reports suggesting the Korean firm will be unveiling its new wearable smart glasses at this year’s IFA electronics show in Berlin in September.
The news comes from a report from The Korea Times, which is claiming that the device will be called Galaxy Glass with the patent registered in the Korean Intellectual Property Office last year.
Samsung’s new headset seems set to complement the Galaxy Gear smart watch, where it will link up with your smartphone and send notifications to the glasses, displaying the new information in the user’s view. Samsung Electronics is collaborating with Samsung Display in designing the new device.
“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,” said a Samsung official, quoted by The Korea Times. “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.”
The wearable devices market is expected to reach a value of $6 billion by the year 2016, according to a 2013 report from Korea Information Society Development Institute that also anticipated Samsung entering the market.
Smart glass headsets have been hotly discussed this past year with Google Glass being distributed to thousands of test subjects ahead of an anticipated commercial launch later this year. The Korea Herald also reports that Sony is speculated to be putting more resources into developing smart glasses too.