Prior to Samsung Unpacked Event on the 28th, Samsung files a series of Trademarks for Wearables with a strong emphasis on Smart Rings
Prior to Samsung's Unpacked event to be held in Seoul on July 28, 2023, they've posted a series of new trademarks that may apply to new device brands or features revealed on the 28th or in the future. Last week a rumor posted by S.Korea's SBS Biz stating that due to the Apple Vision Pro, Samsung has now pushed back their XR Headset by 1 or 2 quarters.
If it's to be believed, an official familiar with Samsung's internal affairs stated that "We understand that the decision was made in consideration of the specifications of Apple's mixed reality (MR) headset 'Vision Pro,' which is a competitor," and "We decided to review all internal specifications and performance, such as the design and panel of the new XR product."
In that light, a few new trademarks from Samsung were filed in Europe yesterday that are worth noting.
The Apple Vision Pro uses cameras to recognize fine finger and hand gestures. While Samsung may attempt to match that technology, their new trademarks point to the potential use of of smart rings that Apple once considered.
Samsung's European trademark filings include:
- Samsung One
- Samsung Rhythm
- Samsung Pulse
- Samsung Circle
All of their European trademarks were filed under the same International Class 09 with the same verbiage as follows: "Smart rings; wearable computers in the nature of smart bracelets, smart necklaces, smart glasses and smart rings; wearable digital electronic communication devices; downloadable software application for smart rings for tracking, gathering, monitoring, detecting, recognizing, storing, transmitting, managing and assessing biometric and physiological data, vital signs and personal health records, and for providing medical advice; recorded software application for smart rings for tracking, gathering, monitoring, detecting, recognizing, storing, transmitting, managing and assessing biometric and physiological data, vital signs and personal health records, and for providing medical advice."
In the U.S., Samsung filed for two new trademarks 'Galaxy Insight' (#98069285) and Galaxy Index (#98069267). They also filed for 'Galaxy Circle' (#98069239) as they did in Europe.
All three trademarks in the U.S. were covered under International Class 09 with different coverage as follows: "Wearable computers in the nature of smart watches and smart glasses; Smart rings; Smart watches; Smartphones."
It's not guaranteed that all of the trademarks are for smart rings, as Samsung covers various wearable devices. The trademarks filed in Europe appear to emphasize smart rings more than their U.S. filings. In fact it was rumored last week in the Android community that the Samsung Health beta app revealed support for a Galaxy Ring.
Considering that all the trademark filings were made in just weeks prior to their event, one or more of them are likely to surface at the event.