Sony’s Smart Glasses Will Make You Look Twice as Nerdy as Google Glass at Half the Cost

Google Glass may have been shoved in a closet, but that doesn't mean Google's competitors have similarly given up. Earlier today Sony revealed that it would be offering  its Android-compatible smart glasses to developers early next month.

SmartEyeglass

"As a hands-free device, SmartEyeglass can be a promising product with many practical uses,” a Sony spokesperson told PC World. "But since we recognize the need to explore applications at this stage, we’re releasing this developer edition."

Unlike Google Glass, the Sony SmartEyeglass can only display monochrome text and images in a user's field of view, and not off to one side. There's no way to interact by voice, winking, or blinking; instead Sony went with a  a separate wired controller unit that houses a speaker, microphone, and an NFC module.

That sounds a little old school, but considering how completely the SmartEyeglass covers a user's vision it might  not be a bad idea. And as you can see in this promo video, the physical interface looks well-designed.

The glasses also have Wifi, Bluetooth, a 3MP camera, a g-sensor, and an accelerometer. It's going to be sold through the Sony Developer World website, and will be released in Japan, Europe, and the US on 10 March.

Sony plans to charge $840 for its augmented reality SmartEyeglass, and it is targeting developers and industrial applications ahead of a planned commercial release sometime in 2016.

If you don't want to wait for the release, Sony has already released an SDK for the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1. You can find more info on the website.

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3 Comments on Sony’s Smart Glasses Will Make You Look Twice as Nerdy as Google Glass at Half the Cost

  1. Be sure to click the YouTube link. The comments and the thumbs-up/thumbs-down ratio are something to see. If Sony has a single brain cell to their name, they’ll be dropping this silly idea before it ever sees the light of day.

    • LOL

      This is Sony we’re talking about. You know and I know they’re going to ship it. People could be going blind and it would still ship. It could be stealing souls and they would still ship it.

      Sony is not known for being able to turn around quickly and change its mind. It’s going to ship.

  2. AltheGreatandPowerful // 18 February, 2015 at 10:47 am // Reply

    Its a Sony, so I will not buy it. No matter how many they ship.

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