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Samsung patent shows design for Glass-style heads-up display

updated 10:22 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2014

Patent filing in South Korea shows display mounted by earpiece

Samsung may be working on a wearable display in a similar vein to Google Glass, based on patents uncovered at the Korean Patent Office. Described as an "Earphone" in the filing, the device appears to provide a small display in front of one eye, with the attached earpiece being used not only for sound, but also to hold the entire apparatus on the head by clipping around the ear.

It is not clear if the device spotted by Galaxy Club would have any sort of computing capability inside, like Glass has, or if it will instead rely on a wireless connection to a host device for all of its processing, namely a smartphone. While little is shown of what it could do, the design includes a hinge for the display to flip out or fold inwards for storage, and a dot at the front that could be for a camera.

While it can be directly compared to Google Glass, it is not the only design Samsung has considered for intelligent eyewear. A filing uncovered in October last year revealed a design for "sports glasses," a set of glasses that connected to another device via a cable at the back. At the time, it was believed to offer a small display in front of each eye for notifications, and used an integrated earphone for music and phone calls.

by MacNN Staff



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