While Google Glass has been receiving a huge round of applauds from the tech industry, Sony has also announced its first eye-wear. Calling it the Sony SmartEyeglass, this is the company's first smart eye-wear and looks quite a load of design amalgamation, which makes it look quite un-wearable to some extent.
In fact, Sony has released the SDK for its SmartEyeglass today, to get developers on board with augmented reality apps. The device connects to compatible Android devices and runs information from Android apps, but it doesn't seem to run Android itself.
Even more precisely, SmartEyeglass is equipped with a diverse range of sensing technologies, including a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone.
It also utilizes these features, together with GPS location information from the connected smartphone, to provide information optimized to the user's current circumstances. Sony has leveraged its unique hologram optics technology to develop a lens that achieves high transparency of 85% and thickness of just 3.0 mm, without the use of half mirrors that obstruct the user's vision.
Furthermore, the monochrome display ensures that while energy consumption is lower than a color display, high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2) is achieved, to deliver a screen with clear readability that allows the user to easily read text in a wide range of environments.
The SmartEyeglass is planned to go on sale by the end of March 2015. However, no word yet on pricing.
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