Posted on Sep 19 2014 - 11:32pm by Anurag Kumar

Sony SmartEyeglass prototype which was shown at CES 2014, a competitor to Google Glass; is getting its first SDK “Developer Preview” getting released from Sony today. Sony defines SmartEyeglass as a “transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to superimpose information such as text, symbols, and images, onto the user’s field of view“.

Sony SmartEyeglass is fitted with technologies like a CMOS image sensor with 3 MP camera  ( VGA resolution for movie recording ), an accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor and a microphone. Sony will be shipping SmartEyeglass hardware kit by the end of March 2015 so that developers could get their hands on for development as reported by TheVerge.

Sony SmartEyeglass development

Official wording from Sony on Sony SmartEyeglass SDK “Developer Preview” release.

This is about going beyond hardware” said Hiroshi Mukawa, Head of the SmartEyeglass Project, Sony Corporation. “Our thinking is to match external creativity with in-house innovation to truly stretch the capability of the products we create – releasing the SDK early means that both our industry’s most established and up-and-coming developers will help shape what SmartEyeglass is capable of.”

Sony SmartEyeglass development prototype

Person wearing Sony SmartEyeglass development prototype

SmartEyeglass prototype specifications

HMD type Binocular see-through with a separate controller
Resolution 419(H) X 138(V) pixel
Image color Monochrome green with 8bit color depth
Brightness (Max.) 1,000 cd/m2
See-through transmittance More than 85%
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Brightness sensor, Microphones
Camera Still: 3M pixel, Movie: VGA (640 X 480 pixel)
Sound Speaker in controller
Connectivity with Smartphone Bluetooth v3.0, IEEE802.11b/g/n
Smartphone OS version Android 4.1 or above Android 4.3 or above (in case of movie function use)
Weight Approximately 77g (glasses excluding cable), approximately 44g (controller)

SmartEyeglass prototype specifications

Sony SmartEyeglass prototype – component layout

Sony SmartEyeglass prototype - component layout

Sony SmartEyeglass software architecture

Sony SmartEyeglass software architecture

Sony SmartEyeglass in action

If you are a developer, head to Sony Developer World and grab the SDK.

It is us or you are also thinking that Sony SmartEyeglass prototype is awkwardly designed and bulky as compared to Google Glass. What do you think, drop your comments below.

Source – Sony Blog

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  1. Xperia September 20, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

    No word about xperia z3 launch in india?

    • Anurag Kumar September 20, 2014 at 12:39 am - Reply

      Nope, about to launch on 19 Sept at an event in Mumbai, but nothing took place…

      Expecting it to come soon now.

  2. Abhishek tiwari November 13, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Amazing post thanks for this

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