Samsung to unveil Gear Glass in September, report says

Google Glass competitor, which will have one earpiece and display over one eye, runs the Tizen OS

Samsung plans to launch a Google Glass competitor called Gear Glass in September, timed with the IFA technology show in Berlin, according to a report in Business Korea.

A mockup drawing that appeared with the report indicates Gear Glass would apparently work with an ear piece only in the right ear with a display in front of the right eye. Google Glass is more like a full set of eyeglasses.

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Gear Glass would reportedly run on the Tizen mobile operating system, the lightweight open source platform that Samsung has deployed in several smart wristbands, including the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

Samsung didn't comment on the report. IFA runs from Sept. 5-10.

Google Glass is expected to roll out commercially by the end of the year, and it apparently will support more functionality, such as prescription lenses, augmented reality, a music player and wireless connections to a smartphone, than what some competitors are proposing.

Sony is also expected to have a smart eyewear product this summer. Apple is likely to enter the smart glasses category at some point.

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