SONY Releases in Germany , UK Google Glass Alternative

Sony-SmartEyeglass developerWhere Google failed, Sony hopes to succeed. Its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition eyewear is available now for pre-order in the U.K. and Germany.

The SED-E1 transparent-lens headset will go on sale in eight more countries—Japan, the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden—next month. Developers can access the official version of the SmartEyeglass SDK today.

Using holographic wavelength technology, Sony’s futuristic glasses connect with compatible smartphones to superimpose information onto the wearer’s field of view—”without any half mirrors that may obstruct the user’s vision,” the company boasted.

It also comes with a built-in 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, gyro, electronic compass, and brightness sensor, behind the 3-millimeter lenses. Together with GPS location data from the attached phone, the headset provides information tailored for the current task or scenario.

A separate (but wired) circular controller that clips onto your jacket or shirt collar houses the battery, speaker, microphone, NFC, and touch sensor.

Early application concepts include a step-by-step guide on how to assemble an engine, scrolling in front of the mechanic’s eyes as they work. Sony also suggested an app to share player stats while watching a sports game, or to display sightseeing information while visiting a tourist attraction.

Sony SmartEyeglass Developer

Early developers will have access to a handful of SmartEyeglass apps—available in the Google Play store—which enable access to Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, RSS, calendar, and voice control.

The developer edition will cost $840 in the U.S., £520 in the U.K., €670 across Europe, and ¥100,000 in Japan.

Sony hopes to release its SmartEyeglass headset to consumers sometime next year.

In December, Sony released details of a clip-on wearable that turns your glasses into a smart device. The attachable Single-Lens Display Module, dubbed “SmartEyeglass Attach,” promised a Google Glass-like control board, OLED microdisplay, and optical unit.

PC Magazine

  • Patience2

    Too spendy.

    • 5thDrawer

      Besides the ugly and pricey bits, Patience … allow me a couple of ‘Prophetic Visions’. 😉
      (war-game1 … take a note … ;-))
      I can see in future two people standing at the same spot, looking at the same ‘wonderful scene’, but each getting slightly different ‘sightseeing information while visiting a tourist attraction’ , perhaps from googly or wikilly pages …. Arguments will develop over what they are actually looking at … and if they look at each other and see someone from a different ‘breed’ smiling derisively while trying to prove they know more, either guns will be drawn or bodies will ‘fall’ off cliffs more frequently.
      TV programmes will proliferate in the attempt to ‘dialogue’ this new ‘phenomena’, of people arguing about how to put an engine together, or walking into traffic against ‘red lights’ while arguing.
      And as far as ‘player-stats’ at ‘sporting events’ goes … have you seen what they do to each other at those ‘events’ now – even without any information being provided ?? :-))))

      • Patience2

        Speaking of ‘off a cliff’ the ancient Romans had ‘The Tarpeian Rock’, part of the Capitoline Hill, off which they’d throw people they didn’t like. So, it’s been done before!

  • Stefan Wessels

    Too ugly.

  • O

    O “i kept it for a while got bored and close it”

    “I’ve NEVER EVER been on Facebook”

    Explain THAT, hind

    I had to comment here coz hind spammed the other thread