Sony has showed off a new wearable device today that’s set to go against Google’s popular Glass wearable device.
The device, dubbed by the company as SmartEyeglass, is still in heavy development and Sony currently has no information on a consumer release which is rightly so since the SmartEyeglass, based on its pictures, is far from looking like a proper Google Glass competitor. Unlike Google Glass though, the SmartEyeglass doesn’t use a prism screen that is dangled in front of the glasses lenses and instead uses the glasses’ lenses themselves as screen using Sony’s hologram optics technology.
It features two 498 x 138 pixel resolution see-through screens that are have a high transparency rate of 85%, a thickness of just 3.0mm, but are currently only capable of an 8-bit color depth and a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 both of which could change for the consumer version of the SmartEyeglass. It also features a 3-megapixel still camera capable of VGA (640 x 480pixels) video capture, and an array of sensors including an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Brightness sensor, and Microphones. It runs on either Android 4.1 or 4.3 and connects via either Bluetooth 3.0 or 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.
Lastly, the SmartEyeglass comes with a detachable external battery pack that’s equipped with both a touch sensor and a microphone.
“The exchange of various types of data such as sensing information between SmartEyeglass and a wirelessly-connected smartphone, mean that depending on the smartphone application the device has the potential to be used in a wide range of usage scenarios. SmartEyeglass realizes even more convenient and enjoyable lifestyles for users by enabling them to obtain information hands-free, without the need to look away.”
Sony has said that hardware kits for developers are scheduled to release sometime by the end of March next year and that a software development kit (SDK) has been released today so that developers can start working on their ideas for the device. The SDK comes with an emulator, sample code, starter tutorials, in-depth developer guides, design guidelines, API references, test instructions, and publishing guide lines.