Sony SmartEyeglass Software Development Kit (SDK) released

by XB on 19th September 2014

in Accessories, Videos


Sony SmartEyeglass ThumbWe first caught eyes on the SmartEyeglass, Sony’s answer to Google Glass, at the MWC tradeshow earlier this year. Whilst, Sony has been silent on its progress since February (despite an appearance at IFA 2014), it has today announced the release of a software development kit for the SmartEyeglass.

The SDK allows developers to build apps for the SmartEyeglass platform to “support the product at launch.” The news indicates that Sony does plan to launch the product at some point, although we imagine the final design will be much sleeker and discrete.

So what is SmartEyeglass? Well it functions similarly to Google Glass, superimposing information onto transparent eyewear and works by connecting to your Android device. Hardware features include a 3MP camera (capable of VGA video recording ), accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor and mic.

Sony says that the lens it is using achieves high transparency of 85% and thickness of just 3.0 mm. It uses a monochrome display delivering high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2) so that text can easily be read in a variety of environments.

Sony SmartEyeglass_1

Sony SmartEyeglass_2

Sony SmartEyeglass_4 Sony SmartEyeglass_5

Sony SmartEyeglass_3

SmartEyeglass specifications

– Binocular see-through eyewear with a wired controller.
– 419(H) × 138(V) px display resolution.
– Monochrome green display with 8bit color depth.
– 1000 cd/m2 maximum brightness.
– More than 85% see-through transmittance.
– Accelerometer, gyro, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphones.
– 3MP camera for still pictures, VGA (640 x 480px) for videos.
– Speaker available in the controller.
– Bluetooth v3.0 and IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity to your Android device.
– Supports Android 4.1 or above (Android 4.3 or above needed for videos).
– Weight ?77g (eyewear without the cable) and ?44g (controller)

Via Sony (1, 2 and 3).

Thanks Varun!

  • Guest

    look at the picture of the man wearing it… i mean would you have the courage to go outside wearing this ?? i pass….

  • Kabuto Kouji

    look at the picture of the man wearing it… i mean would you have the courage to go outside wearing this ?? i totally pass….

  • Sumo

    OPTIC LENS!!!!! Seriously, you may end up looking like Cyclops…

    This is not about bravery fools! One people wears it, others will follow and it becomes a trend. Look at Facebook and you will know how ignorant mankind can be!

  • vrnmdn

    Thanks Team, finally you posted it.Glad :-)

  • vrnmdn

    It’s just a developer version, will be only given to developers, final release is due for March, and i am definitely sure the design will stand out from Google Glass as well.

  • DrazenDodig

    it is a prototype… looks a lot better than other prototypes, like Oculus rift for instance.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    …So is this failed attempt coming out of the mobile earnings and budget…cause i really would like the Xperia Z line to continue and losing it because of failed glasses would really piss me off

  • Kiwison

    Ugly as hell :(

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Google Glass is neither this ugly or thick.

  • Ankith Rai

    those bezels :P

  • inspire

    To all the intelligent and whiny people who are complaining about the design here, please read the article first, it’s a early prototype which will be changed.

  • hfrzhgg

    Just punch those ppl. Wearing “smart”glasses and the Trend stops immediatly.

  • Arthur Simon

    HAHA what on earth does this have to do with Oculus Rift?! :D Morpheus is Sony’s competitor to Oculus this Smart Eye Glass is not a VR machine it’s an AR glass… Like Google Glass.

  • Rikimaru

    The good point to this prototype is to have possibility to dev for it.
    But I think it’s will stay a prototype for few years.
    It’s good to see Sony works on it.
    But I guess Google is the most advanced on this tech.
    But is Sony is going to do a final version,
    I wait clearly higher spec.
    3mp for the camera for sure just for that I don’t buy…
    But I wait to see what they will do.
    But actually I am more waiting Morpheus.

  • Rikimaru

    LOL excellent.

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  • keith

    another oculus style plays?

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