It looks like Samsung may be the first to offer up a true competitor to Google's Glass with its Gear Glass wearable smartglasses. New reports are suggesting that Samsung will launch the new wearable at the 2014 IFA conference held later this year in berlin Germany. The launch would take place in September, with retail sales beginning before the holiday season is over.
Unlike Google Glass which runs on a version of Android, Samsung's Gear Glass will run a version of its Tizen operating system that has been dramatically slimmed down to only offer the needed functionality. Rumors suggest that this will limit the device to use only with other Samsung Galaxy and Gear products, much like Samsung's Gear smartwatch. Personally, I see this as a major flaw, but it seems to be working out for Samsung so far. Unfortunately no mention was made of what the Gear Glass wearable may cost, but I would not be surprised if it is upwards of $1000 USD.