Sony has announced that it is developing a “Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology” that attaches to normal glasses turning it into a smart device. Think of it as an easy way to project a visual display into your eyewear, similar to Google Glass.
The technology includes a 0.23-inch 640 x 400 pixel colour OLED micro-display and a miniaturized control board with processing power similar to some smartphones (ARM Cortex-A7). Sony says that because the module is detachable, you can use it only when it is needed (i.e. when playing sports), which perhaps avoids some of the privacy issues that Google Glass has faced.
Sony is targeting to mass produce the module by the end of 2015 and expects it to have broad mass market appeal, targeting uses from sport to entertainment. Sony will also provide a Single-Lens Display Module software development kit (SDK) to partnering organizations. A concept model called “SmartEyeglass Attach!” will be shown off at CES 2015 in Las Vegas in early January (6 to 9 January 2015).
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