Sony has once again confirmed that the first prototype of their alternatives to Google Glass, SmartEyeGlass will reach the market in March
To be more precise, SmartEyeGlass SED-E1 Developer Edition will be on market of ten states on March 10, at a price of 840 US dollars.
Sony has showed its conceptual “Sony Single Lens Display modules at CES 2015 show in January this year. The module that can be connected to all kinds of sunglasses and optical eyewear and convert them into a smart glasses.
SmartEyeGlass brings a 3MP camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, light sensor, NFC chip, a microphone and a battery that will provide up to 80 minutes of autonomy under continuous use of the camera, or 150 minutes without using it. The lens of the Smart Glass is 3mm thick and 85 % translucent and apparently consumes low energy thanks to a black and white image display.
The module is equipped with a 0.23-inch high-resolution OLED micro display which offers a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and comes with a brightness of 800 units and a contrast ratio of 10,000: 1 images. In combination with micro-optical unit optimized for OLED, this module allows the projection of images in all lighting conditions, but will work equally well in brightly lit outdoor sunny areas and in the dark and closed indoors. Besides the screen, the device is equipped with a camera, battery, several sensors, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules to connect to other devices.
As far as functionality, they are approximately the same as those for the Google products – Sony’s smart glasses to the corner of the field of view can display a variety of information as desired. It is anticipated that this solution could go into production next year with partner companies will be offered the product and SDK, to other accessories and devices as much as possible to be compatible with this wearable accessory Sensors and cameras in the glasses could be so connected with your smartphone to a unique hands-free device of the future.
While Google Glass works with their own applications, Sony wants the developers to create applications that can communicate with smart phones SmartEyeGlass via Bluetooth , and Sony has released the software kit for this.
With glasses or comes and special controller that contains a battery, speaker, microphone and touch sensor. With glasses is connected to a thin wire plastičnm and easy to hang on the edge of a shirt or pocket.