It looks like the Google’s Glass will have a serious rival in the still little-known smartglasses sector. Today, Sony has boldly announced SmartEyeglass Attach, their own alternative to the Google’s gadget, which biggest advantage over the mentioned Google’s device is that it will make every glasses smart. Thought the product is still in the test phase, the Japanese manufacturer says it will be ready to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that takes place in January 2015.
Sony’s SmartEyeglass Attach Module
Featuring a color format OLED microdisplay, the Sony’s gadget will be powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 processor and a 400 mAh battery. The high resolution display (640×400) that rests in the front of your eye delivers viewing experience similar to viewing a 16-inch screen located 2 meters in front of you.
Furthermore, the Sony’s smartglasses will support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Additionally, there will be also a nice package of sensors on the gadget’s board, including accelerometer and touch sensor. Weighting less than 2 ounces, the module appears to be easy to remove and attach again, so there’s no need to parade wearing it all the time, which makes the gadget far more practical than the one offered by Google. Since, you can have both at one time, your favorite sport eyewear and supplementing it smart module.
Perhaps, the gadget looks odd with the camera unit sticking out even further than the one found in the Google’s Glass, but Sony claims that their new device isn’t a fashion accessory. Instead, they want to make athletes and fitness fans, who want to get on the spot report on what they’re doing, the product’s target group. The gadget is to be something of a workout assistant. For instance, when doing any kind of outdoor sport activity the module attached to your eyewear and paired with your smartphone will give you access to all necessary data like course maps and distance readings, all these without the need to use your hands.
Just like the Google’s smartglasses, the Sony device will initially target at sport and business applications, but the company has ambitious plans to extend areas of the device’s application, simultaneously helping this market sector to develop. With the mass production scheduled to start sometime in 2015, the eyewear gadget will debut at the CES early next month, under the name of “SmartEyeglass Attach!”. Sadly, knowing how this business works like, we can’t expect that we will be able to get the module on our own until 2016.