According to patent, the company's smart glasses would use a navigational bezel to be controlled by the user
For years, rumors point to Apple as the next big company to enter the smart glasses market augmented reality (AR), with Apple Glass being one of the most anticipated products of recent years. But new patents indicate that the Cupertino company is not the only one interested in this field, and the Samsung he is also getting ready to launch his own type glasses.
Discovered by the Patently Apple website, the patent showing Samsung's augmented reality glasses has been registered with the United States Patent and Registry Office, and indicates as inventor members of Samsung's Advanced Technology Lab in Bangalore, India. This is not the first patent registered by Samsung for a augmented reality (three others have already been found before this one), which indicates that the Korean company is really interested in the development of such equipment.
In addition to Apple and Samsung, we also know that Facebook, The Google (which was one of the pioneers in the industry with Google Glass) and Huawei they are also very interested in the augmented reality glasses market, and we may see a big race for industry leadership in the years to come.
What to expect from Samsung's smart glasses
Samsung's patent does not reveal much about what we can expect from glasses augmented reality of the company, but it shows the use of a technology that is not exactly new when we talk about Samsung: the so-called navigational bezel.
This technology has been around for months in rumors about the Galaxy Watch 3, and would consist of using capacitive sensors to transform the device's bezel (in the case of Galaxy Watch, that frame that exists around the screen) into a navigational button, which would allow the user to navigate through the different menus of the device without having to touch the screen, just moving your fingers around the frame something very similar to what we see in James Bond films.
In the case of Samsung glasses, this idea of a navigational bezel would transform part of the frame into a kind of touch-sensitive button, where users could use finger movements in that region to navigate between the different glasses menus.
The patent also shows an interface very similar to that used by Samsung in the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which is a likely indication that the company is planning to use the Tizen OS (an operating system based on the Linux Kernel, which was developed in a partnership between the Linux Foundation, Samsung, Panasonic and Intel to be used in smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, motor vehicles and any other type of embedded system).
So far, one of the biggest doubts for any glasses augmented reality how companies will do to increase the number of tools and functions of this equipment while making it possible to navigate through the different menus without having to resort to external accessories of the glasses (for example, a smartphone app), and Samsung's patent is first of its kind to show a possible solution to this problem.
But I always need to remember to handle anxiety when it comes to patents. This is because the registration of a patent does not guarantee a product that will reach the market in the coming years, since many of these registered patents never end up becoming a viable product. Therefore, it is important to remember that patents serve as an indication of the types of technology that a company is studying, and not as a prediction of what will arrive in stores in the future.
Source: Patently Apple