Samsung files a patent for "sports glasses": but will they rival Google Glass?

Samsung is reportedly developing a wearable gadget that appears to rival Google Glass.

Based on a design patent registered with the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service, the "sports glasses" would link to a smartphone for displayed alerts and easy control.

As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the headgear comes with integrated headphones for taking calls and listening to music while the user's hands are otherwise occupied, lifting weights or throwing a football.

Samsung did not immediately respond to requests for comment; a spokeswoman declined to comment to the Journal on future product plans.

Patent applications don't always turn into actual products, but if Samsung does move forward with this device, it would be the latest in the South Korean tech giant's lineup of wearable technology. Last month, the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear smartwatch was unveiled with a 1.63in Super AMOLED, 320 x 320 display. Like the rumoured glasses, the Gear connects with Android 4.3 mobile devices, like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy 10.1 (2014 edition) tablet.

According to the Journal, which got its hands on the patent application, Samsung's spectacles don't offer much in the way of ground-breaking developments following the Google Glass prototype, which is currently in testing on 10,000 faces around the world. The unnamed device, however, appears to focus more on the "sporty" aspect than Glass's everyday use.

Samsung's patent registration comes only two days after the Journal reported on a Microsoft Web-connected eyewear prototype, which, according to the paper's sources, may never actually make it out of the Redmond offices.

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