Gadget producers are not giving up on the idea of having Google Glass-like augmented reality specifications on our faces, with a recently filed patent from Samsung the latest proof that more of these portable devices are on the move.
Spotted by Patently Apple, the submission shows a fairly standard design for glasses with added cleverness on board. They will apparently be foldable, so you can drop them in your pocket if you are not honored by AR.
A small projector mounted on the carrier of the carrier images images to the eye, although we do not get many details about what information the glasses would actually show. We recommend smartphone notifications first.
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The submission mentions an ARM processor, so that could be one of the components that make it the finished version of the specifications. A built-in camera and various sensors are also mentioned.
As always with a patent application, this is no guarantee that such a product will ever come on the market – but it does give an indication of how Samsung thinks about future product introductions.
And it would not be just to put a pair of smart tech glasses on our nose: Huawei has already announced a few this year to go on sale, although it is not clear how the company's current US trading problems are planning them will affect.
Apple is another big name in the company that is said to be working on smart AR specifications. iOS now has many AR options, so it makes sense that Apple would eventually release its own hardware around the technology.
Samsung itself has been tipped to work on something like that, and of course it already sells portable virtual reality headsets that match its phones. Last year we even saw a logo that might have been attached to the glasses.
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