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Samsung Might Be Working On Its Own Google Glass Clone

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Google Glass team member Salil Pandit wears Google Glasses at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco.

By Youkyung Lee

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics Co. is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google’s Internet-connected eyewear.

A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

It said the glasses can play music and receive phone calls through earphones built into the eyewear’s frame. It also gives hands-free control over the smartphone.

Reminiscent of the Google Glass design, Samsung’s sketch shows a thumbnail-sized display over the left eyeglass. Google’s eyewear has a tiny display over the right eyeglass that shows information and websites.

It was not clear from Samsung’s sketch and description whether its eyewear would be equipped with a touch control and a camera like Google Glass nor whether it would connect directly to the mobile Internet or be a slave to a smartphone.

The name and the description specify the Samsung product is designed for outdoors activities or sports.

Samsung did not respond to an email and a call seeking comment.

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