Samsung working on Google Glass rival

Samsung, it seems, has a rival to Google Glass in the works.

The Korean electronics giant is developing a pair of smart glasses that it’s tentatively dubbed Galaxy Glass, according to The Korea Times, citing unnamed officials at the company. Samsung is hoping to unveil the product as soon as this September at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade show.

The device will include a small display and will link with a smartphone, according to the report. Like Google Glass, it will display alerts and allow users to make phone calls. It will also allow users to play music.

Galaxy Glass is one of a growing number of “wearable technology” products that have either already been released or are in development. Such gadgets were one of the big themes of the recent Consumer Electronics Show, with numerous companies showcasing their smart watches, fitness bands, smart glasses or related gadgets.

The smart glasses would be the second major wearable technology product from Samsung. Last year, the company introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

H/t to BusinessInsider.

Photo: Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass. (Associated Press)

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