Sony to launch SmartEyeglass devices
Sony has officially announced to launch SmartEyeglass next month, following news that Google steps back to revise its Glass strategy.
"Over the last few months our SmartEyeglass prototype has been one of the most talked about smart eyewear concepts," said a statement issued by Sony. "Today the project takes a major step forward, as we announce both commercialization and launch from March 2015."
SmartEyeglass connects with smartphones and then overlays text, images or internet-linked information onto whatever is in view. Sony will make its augmented reality eyewear prototype available in Japan, Germany, Britain, and the United States on March 10. The price in the US will be $840. In Europe it will be 670 plus applicable taxes. Enterprise customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden will also be entitled to purchase the device.
"This is about going beyond hardware," said project leader Hiroshi Mukawa. "Our thinking is to match external creativity with in-house innovation to truly stretch the capability of the products we create – releasing the SDK early means that both our industry's most established and up-and-coming developers will help shape what SmartEyeglass is capable of."
A selection of SmartEyeglass apps will be available to download from the Google Play store at the launch.
Sony said it sees a wide range of uses for the eyewear. It sees "considerable implications for AR (augmented reality), which holds great potential in the domain of professional use as well, such as when giving instructions to workers at a manufacturing site or when transmitting visual information to security officers about a potential breach," the Sony statement said.