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by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 2:26 am MDT Samsung patents sports glasses connected to smartphone; hints at Google Glass rival SEOUL, South Korea – 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.Google Inc. is testing an early version of Google Glass with 10,000 people in the U.S. after giving the public a first look at its Internet-connected eyewear in June last year. The early version can take pictures, record videos, navigate maps and works without a smartphone.Other tech companies are also exploring ways to bring mobile computing to everyday objects such as watches and glasses.Samsung introduced a smartphone-connected watch called the Galaxy Gear last month. Sony also announced a smart watch.Samsung filed the application for the eyewear design patent on March 8.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter: www.twitter.com/YKLeeAP AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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