Samsung trademark could point to Google Glass rival

A trademark application lists a device called "Gear Blink" that could be Samsung's answer to Google Glass.

Is Samsung eyeing a rival to Google Glass? James Martin/CNET

Samsung may be the next major company aiming to launch high-tech eyeware.

The Korean mobile phone vendor has filed a trademark application in Korea for a device known as "Gear Blink," the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Other than the name, the trademark filing lists only certain "designated goods," meaning other goods that will use the trademark. Such goods listed include wearable computer peripherals and software that interfaces with multi-health devices to record health conditions.

The trademark filing also follows several patent applications that collectively could spell out Samsung's own rival to Google Glass. Last October, the company filed a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone. The same month, Samsung was awarded a patent for a headset dubbed "Sports Glasses."

Hints of a Samsung version of Google Glass have been popping up for awhile. Last November, Samsung Vice Chairman and CEO Kwon Oh-hyun said that his company has been dedicating significant resources to several technologies, including "wearables." And this past January, the Korea Times said that Samsung wants to unveil high-tech eyeware at the IFA 2014 trade show, which runs from September 5 to 10.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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