Google has competition. Sony has revealed more information about its SmartEyeglass concept wearable. The Japanese company displayed a prototype of the smart glasses at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona.
Sony has also revealed more information about the SmartEyeglass concept on its blog. “Imagine that you walk into an airport and instantly get directions to your check-in desk, or that you get scores and names of players displayed while watching a football game in real life. These are just some of the potential use cases of the new Sony SmartEyeglass concept,” reads the post.
The concept glasses were first shown off at CES, in Las Vegas earlier this year and more details are only making their way out now. The glasses look a lot different than what we’ve come to expect of smart eyewear, with a thicker frame than Google Glass, almost like sporty-looking sunglasses.
The idea behind the SmartEyeglass is to bring notifications and information right in front of the users’ eyes. How does it do that? It uses a binocular see-through display for the lenses. Sony claims that the prototype presents information at a distance from your eyes, giving you a comfortable viewing experience. Within the frame are crammed in features like an embedded camera, accelerometer, gyro, compass and brightness sensors and a microphone. The SmartEyeglassis WiFi enabled as well as Bluetooth v3.0 capabilities.
The most interesting bit about Sony’s SmartEyeglass is that it comes with a separate controller with a touchpad that comes with a power, navigation and camera buttons. You can use the hand-held controller to navigate the user interface, as well as the integrated camera.
Sony is currently working in an SDK along with a few partners who are able to experiment with and evaluate the APIs. Interestingly, the SDK is built on a similar framework as the SmartWatch 2. Of course, like the Smartwatch 2, you will need an Android phone for apps to run on the phone.
The company has said that there is no timing set for when the SDK or the SmartEyeglass will be available to the general public yet.