Samsung challenger appears for Google Glass

Samsung has been awarded a Korean patent for a smart headset the company is calling "Sports Glasses".

Samsung has been awarded a Korean patent for a smart headset the company is calling "Sports Glasses".

(Credit: KIPRIS)

It was only a matter of time before another tech giant stepped up to the plate with a competitor for Google Glass. Samsung has been awarded a patent by the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) for a product it is calling "스포츠용 안경" — "Sports Glasses".

They're a little bit clunkier than Google's offering, with glass lenses on the front, buttons on the sides, headphones built into the arms of the glasses and what appears to be a micro-USB cable running down the back. The accompanying document states (badly translated), "The present design of the earphones and built-in types enjoy music while exercising or one that will be able to receive calls."

This seems to indicate that the glasses will connect to a smartphone to display incoming information so that someone can access their phone's functions hands-free, even take calls, with an emphasis on exercising.

Of course, patents are awarded all the time without seeing fruition, and most patents awarded see several upgrades to the initial design before hitting the market. We certainly hope that this ends up being the case with the Sports Glasses headset — as it currently stands, we imagine many people will find that it doesn't fit comfortably, if at all.

Samsung has declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal, noting that the company does not talk about its future plans.

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