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.”
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)|
Sony SmartEyeglass prototype – component layout
Sony SmartEyeglass software architecture
Sony SmartEyeglass in action
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