Fresh from Apple's Augmented Reality (AR) glasses, which apparently came into the world, Samsung now seems to want to participate. That's WalkingCat, according to Leaker, who shared two supposedly official videos on Twitter.
The first video shows a wearable device called Samsung Glasses Lite, which, as the name suggests, is shaped like (rather chunky) glasses. The video shows a user performing various tasks while wearing the glasses, from watching a movie to writing an email.
In either case, the content is displayed on a floating screen in front of the user, who moves as the man changes position and always stays in front of him. There is also a "Sunglasses Mode" which gives the lenses a tint.
The second video shared by WalkingCat appears to show a more advanced version of the Glass Lite called the Samsung AR Glasses. The main difference between the two wearables – apart from the Lite glasses in white and the AR glasses in black – is that the latter allows interaction with the augmented reality screen in front of the user.
In one case, it is a gesture to enlarge content using the same pull-out motion that every smartphone user is familiar with. In another case, a man taps the meeting call incoming button to answer a call. At this point, two people appear in front of him as part of the "holo-call". With a third gesture, the AR Glasses user can expand a model house into a full-size replica for them to go through and explore.
R&D vision concept? https://t.co/JYQmy850K9
– WalkingCat (@ _h0x0d_) February 21, 2021
The two videos suggest that Samsung has two different audiences (and two different price points) in mind for these AR wearables. While no pricing was mentioned in the videos, we would expect the more advanced AR glasses to come with a price tag that firmly places them in the niche category, while the AR glasses Lite may be more accessible.
Samsung has patented augmented reality headsets in the past, so we know the company is at least considering moving into this area. Whether these patents will materialize – and whether these latest videos prove to be original articles – remains to be seen.