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Patent Filing Reveals Samsung's Designs For Google Glass Competitor

timothy posted about 5 months ago | from the they've-got-their-eyes-on-your-eyes dept.

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rjmarvin writes "A South Korean patent filing, complete with memos and device designs has let the cat out of the bag about Samsung's new head-mounted wearable device to compete with Google Glass, two days after Microsoft was found to be testing a similar prototype. The device isn't wireless; in fact it has an attached USB extension to plug into and serve as an extension of a smartphone. The device is categorized as 'sports glasses' to 'take phone calls and listen to music during workouts.' The filing gives an overhead, front, and side view of the proposed device, another entry into the rapidly expanding and increasingly competitive wearables marketplace."

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please no (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229465)

People act overly reserved around recording devices; wearing one of these makes you the death of the party.

Hopefully they'll just sit on the patent as a community service.

Re:please no (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229661)

You mean like the HD video camera everyone caries around on their smartphone? Save it. We heard the same luddite shit years ago when cell phone cameras were becoming popular.

I'm already planning a youtube channel chronicling the encounters I have with jackasses overreacting to me being ahead of the curve. Which is convenient, because I'll have a camera all ready to go ready to record at literally the blink of an eye.

Re:please no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229729)

You mean the one that is pretty damn obvious you are using as a camera verses the one that you have no idea what they might be doing?

Re:please no (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45230297)

Dear Mr. Sociopath, normal people don't like invasion of privacy. That doesn't make us luddites.

Re:please no (1)

lkernan (561783) | about 6 months ago | (#45231051)

Holding up a camera phone is pretty obvious, having your glasses on record isn't.

Re:please no (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | about 6 months ago | (#45236133)

I'm not taking a position here: I don't have a firm opinion. However, I will point out that audio recording is not obvious, and cell phones can not only do that, they can also easily send exactly what is being said to somebody in real time by simply calling them and then sliding your phone into your shirt pocket (mine, by the way, also has the camera peeking over the pocket, so I could record video as well. I tested it once, and have had zero reason to do so since.)

So, audio recording is not obvious already. Yet people speak freely, even when somebody casually lays a phone down on the table in between everybody.

Re:please no (4, Insightful)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about 6 months ago | (#45231215)

People act overly reserved around recording devices; wearing one of these makes you the death of the party.

Thousands of YouTube videos would suggest otherwise...

Anyway, video camera glasses are already widely available at minimal cost, and the world hasn't ended yet. https://www.google.com/search?q=Video+Camera+Sunglasses&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&lr=lang_en [google.com] . I doubt these offerings from Google, Samsung, Microsoft et al will change the world as video recording or surveillance devices. That niche is already well-stocked.

These things could be a genuine enabling technology, changing the way we do things in interesting and unpredictable ways. Classing them with simple concealed video recorders is - ahem - short sighted.

Re:please no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45244971)

you are clueless. Of course ignorant people never realize how deluded they are.

Re:please no (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 6 months ago | (#45231343)

surely if you wore vuzix video/audio glasses 7 years ago at a party people have thought you to been pretty damn high and wasted.

point being, you don't wear sports headphones and displays to a party. or a gopro.

Not anatomically correct (1)

growingtedium (1545623) | about 5 months ago | (#45229503)

Judging from the drawings, I don't see how the earphones would actually connect to ones ears.

Re:Not anatomically correct (3, Funny)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 6 months ago | (#45230073)

Perhaps they're planning on using bone conduction to transmit the sound.
That way nobody around you gets irritated by your horrible choice in music.
Or perhaps so no one can over hear your smartphone reading out your text messages and emails so you don't get hit by a bus crossing a street.

Re:Not anatomically correct (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45232291)

Perhaps they're planning on using bone conduction to transmit the sound.
That way nobody around you gets irritated by your horrible choice in music.
Or perhaps so no one can over hear your smartphone reading out your text messages and emails so you don't get hit by a bus crossing a street.

yeah its true

Still waiting for the cell free version (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 5 months ago | (#45229527)

I'd much prefer to wear a cell wristband than dangle a cord from a watch.

Who uses watches, anyway?

That's so last century.

Found picture (1, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 5 months ago | (#45229531)

Given the size of the smart watch, I'm pretty sure I stumbled across a Samsung Glasses prototype [flickr.com] .

Re:Found picture (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229751)

dumb. doesnt sound like a joke, wasting ppl's time

Re:Found picture (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45231015)

dumb. doesnt sound like a joke, wasting ppl's time

You're talking to a sockpuppet. They're paid to promote their sponsor's product and denigrate competitors at any opportunity.

Re:Found picture (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 6 months ago | (#45231165)

doesnt sound like a joke

You might try using Flickr with your eye(s?) instead of your ear.

wasting pp.'s time

Glad to see you got that time back by dropping eole .

Re:Found picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45231243)

Still not funny. Did you post the right link?

Re:Found picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45231469)

Original AC here. Aahaha, yeah I agree. still not funny. But, give the man credit for trying. have a good day everyone :)

Samsung? Wow! (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 5 months ago | (#45229575)

I hope this is as stylish and subtle as your smart watch turned out to be!

Re:Samsung? Wow! (2)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 5 months ago | (#45229903)

To be fair, this is likely a case of them simply pushing their engineers to start solving the problems inherent in such a design. Historically, I wouldn't consider "a smart sense of design or style" to be Samsung's strong point. Most of their decent designs tend to start out as aping their competitors until they can create something of their own, but they still need to have their engineering and technology in place in order to put out those redesigns, and that stuff can take a lot longer.

Whether this particular product succeeds or fails doesn't really matter (and the minimal amount of marketing for the Gear is evidence that they're not really trying with it either). What matters to them is that they're building the technological foundation they need. Once they figure out which way the market is going with wearable devices, they'll make something that fits that niche using this technology and then will market the hell out of it. But, for now, they don't know if it's heading towards wrist watches, glasses, or something else, so they're just throwing things out there and pushing their engineers to solve the problems that are coming up.

Re:Samsung? Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229965)

Yeah the dangling USB cable is very subtle. But don't worry, you want hear people laughing at you, because of the integrated headphones that plug in your ears.

Yay! more wasted time and money (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 5 months ago | (#45229581)

Seriously, the only useful thing Google Glass does is act as a piss poor GoPro that costs over 3 times as much, only allows you to record a few seconds of video at low resolution with shitty optics.

Google Glass is such a ridiculous failure its not even funny.

Anyone who has one knows how pointless it is.

Another product from Samsung (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45229657)

Now they have another product to fudge the benchmarks on. And they will probably also hire a bunch of shills to plant bogus reviews about it. SHAME ON SAMSUNG!

Thank you! (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 6 months ago | (#45230145)

Thank you so much Samsung team. I was waiting this Google Glass competitor. It is really great user friendly and smooth.

Re:Thank you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45230191)

Trolling is a art.

A art? Seriously? Haha you dumbass you can't even...oh wait a minute I see what you did there.

Slavishly copying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45230349)

Slavishly copying, so that they can embrace, extend, and extinguish?

Earbuds? (1)

Bandraginus (901166) | about 6 months ago | (#45230673)

"The device is categorized as 'sports glasses' to 'take phone calls and listen to music during workouts.' "

Uhhh.. won't a $2 pair of ear buds do the same?

It's all a conspiracy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45231361)

... it has become more obvious to the masses that not all nerds where glasses, so tech companies are making it so that all nerds will actually be wearing glasses!

My caps-lock key needed a rest, so pretend I'm internet yelling this post.

Stupid (1)

The Cat (19816) | about 6 months ago | (#45231481)

Google glass is stupid. The first guy that gets caught taking salacious pictures with it will doom the project forever.

And no female will EVER wear Google glass on purpose.

Just give it up.

What is patentable about that? (2)

aiadot (3055455) | about 6 months ago | (#45231603)

I'm usually not really bitchy about patents. I even tolerate software patents as long as they actually describe something truly novel, after all everything can be described as a set of mathematical equations. But what is novel about that? Earplugs and phone calls? If that passes does it mean that if a decide to "invent" any existing device, but with integrated earplugs and capable of making phone calls, I can patent it?

TFTFY (1)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about 6 months ago | (#45233111)

another entry into the rapidly expanding and increasingly competitive wearables marketplace that no customer is interested in

TFTFY

Patents don't mean products (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45239319)

I used to work for a Samsung R&D lab in the US. Each lab had an annual quota for a number of patents to be filed, and if an employee filed a patent, they got a bonus. Because of this, we'd have meetings a few times a year where everyone got herded into a conference room, and our boss would say, "okay, what can we patent?" It was never "let's make a strategic business decision on what people want to buy, start making a product, and patent the technology we'll need to make it great." It was "think of any damn thing even tangentially related to technology, and let's find an angle on how to make it specific enough that we can get a patent filing out of it."

Basically what I'm saying is that Samsung's patents are in no way a roadmap for future products. Our patent filings were vetted by a legal team before the application was made, but we used to throw down entirely ridiculous ideas, just to get the bonus and meet the quota. I spent a lot of time googling through the US patent database looking for older patents we could throw a "on a mobile device" at the end of, just to make it different enough to get the filing.

So how long (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45242057)

So how long will it be before Apple starts complaining that the lenses are rectangles with rounded corners and they OWN that shape?

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