Sony on Tuesday announced it has begun accepting preorders for its latest wearable device, the SmartEyeglass, in the UK for £620 ($840) targeting developers and industrial applications.
The Japanese electronics giant’s wearable device ‘SmartEyeglass’ connects with smartphones and superimposes text, images or other information onto the wearer’s vision using holographic wavelength technology.
Weighing at 77g, Sony’s smartglass will come packed with a host of built-in sensors; including a Sony-built 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, and a light sensor. The smartglass also features built-in speaker, microphone, wireless LAN, Bluetooth connection, and supports Android 4.4 and above. The lenses are 3mm thin and allow 85 per cent of light to pass through.
The device will come with a controller, designed to be attached to clothing, which contains a speaker, touch sensor and the device’s battery.
A version of the eyewear tailored for software developers will be made available on March 10 in Japan, Germany, Britain, and the United States, while an enterprise version will be available in March in France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere.
Accompanying the hardware will be an upgraded software development kit including tutorials, guides, and an API reference that will aid software makers in developing applications for SmartEyeglass in order to entice people to buy the eyewear on track for commercial release in 2016.
Sony will be releasing its SmartEyeglass to consumers sometime next year.