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Sony reveals SmartEyeglass SDK

Sony SmartEyeglass SDK now available, use a smartphone to replicate eyewear and controller
Sony SmartEyeglass
This software developer kit preview allows developers to use a smartphone to replicate the hardware of the upcoming competitor for the notorious Google Glass.

Google Glass may soon face strong competition from Sony's SmartEyeglass, but how soon remains to be seen. Since the actual product is expected to go on sale before the end of the year (probably an early batch for developers only), Sony decided to unveil a software developer kit preview "in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear." This SDK includes an emulator and promises to open the road "for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch."

These are the highlights of the Sony SmartEyeglass duo which consists of a wired controller and a pair of glasses:

  • Display: 8-bit color depth monochrome green with 419X138 pixels and over 85 percent see-through transmittance
  • Camera: 3 MP for photos, 640X480 video resolution
  • Sensors: compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, microphones, brightness
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 devices or higher (Android 4.3 or higher needed for video recording)
  • Weight: 2.72 ounces (eyewear) and 1.55 ounces (controller)

While the frame of the Sony SmartEyeglass may be rather thick, the system has no screen floating in front of the lenses - the lenses themselves are used to display the information. Unfortunately, the speaker is not a part of the glasses and can be found in the controller. 

Please check the movie below and the official news article from Sony for more details on the SDK and the SmartEyeglass system.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-22 (Update: 2021-05-18)