We've been hearing about Samsung working on its own augmented reality (AR) glasses since 2014. Rumoured to be called either Galaxy Glass or Gear Blink, the touted competitor for Google Glass has never arrived. However, the South Korean company doesn't seem to have given up on its plan. A recent logo trademark from Samsung hints that the idea is still on the table.
A Dutch site Galaxy Club recently discovered that Samsung has registered trademark for a number of logos and icons in South Korea. Of the lot, one that stands out is a logo (its description, to be precise) that more or less hints at Samsung smart glasses that we've been long waiting for. Have a look at this intriguing description for the logo.
“Smart glasses”, “Correction glasses”, “VR experience goggle type imaging device”, “Glasses for correcting eyesight” and “Computerized vision-assisted eyewear consisting of a camera / computer / display for capturing / processing / displaying an image”.
If you go through the description, you can see it mentions "vision assistance" multiple times. This again hints that if the product ever makes it way into the real market, it may be more than just a regular wearable product under the Samsung Gear family. Samsung could develop it as AR glasses with a medical focus, marketing them as a potential replacement for corrective lenses.
The first hint of Samsung developing smart glasses surfaced way back in 2013, with Samsung patenting a pair of "sports glasses" with transparent or translucent frames, side buttons, and a front panel holding a camera. In May 2014, Samsung filed a trademark for "Gear Blink," but again, never materialised it into any product. The talks of Samsung smart glasses then slowly came to a halt. This new trademark is the first indication since 2014 that Samsung is still interested in having its own smart glasses. However, a trademark filing isn’t enough to ascertain whether or not a product is going to be out soon. If there's anything concrete, we might get a glimpse of it, along with the Galaxy S9, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month.