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Samsung Patent Reveals Google Glass Competitor

Previously, there was speculation that Samsung would re-brand Google Glass as the Gear Glass, but a patent has surfaced indicating that the company plans to release its own competing Google Glass hardware instead. The patent was spotted by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, and clearly shows a Glass-like headset.

"This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts," the patent filing reveals. Like Glass, the device will have the ability to connect to a smartphone and display notifications on the small eyepiece. The lens is reportedly transparent or translucent.

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The paper didn't provide any additional details regarding the specs, nor did it provide a link to the patent. But as previously stated, there seems to be an emphasis on "sporty." Based on the diagram, the camera will be mounted on the left side instead of the right, and feature earphones that rest within the ear instead of using bone conduction to send audio.

Samsung's specs also appear to have a pull-out microUSB connector so that users can charge the device when not in use. The Gear Glass specs presumably use Bluetooth to pull up information from a connected phone, and to take hands-free calls. The specs even look more sunglasses-like than Google's own solution.

Sources previously said Samsung's wearable tech should make an appearance sometime around April or May of 2014, just months before Google is expected to go commercial with Glass next summer. Whether or not this wearable tech will be limited to specific phones like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is unknown at this point.

As stated earlier this month, it would be unfortunate to see the specs locked to Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch if it's an in-house hardware product. If the company is merely re-selling the Google Glass specs with its own bloatware, then there's a good chance we'll still see the specs locked to Samsung phones. Selling both smartwatch and AR specs to a wider non-Samsung crowd would seemingly bring in additional revenue.

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