Sony SmartEyeglass SDK released, Google Glass better watch-out!
Google Glass has had many competitors along the way of its development and the final product reveal too. Now, Google Glass is going to have even stiffer competition from renowned manufacturer like Sony, as they have announced SDK Developer Preview for the SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. This SDK will ensure that there are ample platforms for this wearable to work with on its final launch (scheduled early next year) as developers get enough time to make it compatible with other hardware. The wearable glasses look like 3D glasses with 3-megapixel camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, stand-alone microphone and brightness sensor.
The semi-transparent lens of this wearable augmented reality glass is just 3mm thick (without any extra mirrors) courtesy the hologram optics technology, and due to its monochrome display the battery power consumed is minimal. The screen has high luminance of 1,000 cd/m2 and delivers clear readability in any kind of lighting conditions, be it pitch dark night or clear sunny day.
Sony SmartEyeglass will be connected wirelessly to any Android smartphone or tablet, and by collecting the sensor data the visual output is relayed back to the eyewear. This allows the user to see all the relevant information like text, symbols or images in field of view that doesn’t obstruct the real world view in any way.
At this time it is not clear as to how the smart glasses will be priced, but one can expect it to carry a price tag somewhere close to what Google Glass is positioned at i.e. USD $1500 or upwards.