Samsung will be holding a special event on September 4th to unveil their new wearable computing device, dubbed Galaxy Gear. In an attempt to garner interest prior to Apple’s anticipated iPhone introduction on September 10th, the company will be bringing out their third attempt at a wearable watch-like computer. The Galaxy Gear will be Samsung’s first-ever smart watch.
Unpacked Episode 2
Insiders had, until recently, speculated that the Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event would showcase another product, the Galaxy Note III. This appears to still be the case, with the Note III and the smart watch sharing the spotlight. The event, scheduled for September 4th, will be held in Berlin in advance of the 2013 IFA Consumer Electronics Limited global innovations show which will be taking place between September 6th and September 10th.
Smart Watch Rumors Confirmed
In an application for trademarks for Galaxy Gear, made in the U.S. and filed in August, language was present that obliterated any doubt of Samsung’s intentions. Included in the language was a description of “wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages.”
Samsung’s ambitions in the wearable computing arena don’t end at smart watches, either. A simple check of current patent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals that Samsung, a Korean company, holds many filings for wearable computers, including gloves and hats, as well as bracelets.
Apple Won’t Take it Lying Down
March saw rumors fly about Apple’s anticipated iWatch. It’s been reported that Apple has approximately one hundred designers who are trying to make a wrist-watch type device that can handle some of the functions that are now associated with the iPad and iPhone. Apple has already filed a patent for a wrist-watch type computer and is seeking to trademark the iWatch name in countries like Japan, Mexico and Taiwan.
As far as trends go, you can expect to see a lot more about wearable technology. It’s the next big thing according to people in the know. With companies like Samsung and Apple poised to introduce the next generation of devices, wearable tech will soon be raking in its own fair share of the tech-savvy market.