Sony SmartEyeglass

Sony SmartEyeglass

Posted On: February 19, 2015
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SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 is a transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to superimpose information onto the user’s field of view. SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 includes unique holographic waveguide technology, which enables super-thin 3.0 mm augmented reality lenses with high transparency of 85% and excellent brightness, without any half mirrors that may obstruct the user’s vision. SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available for sale in selected countries from March 2015.

Binocular display with super-thin lenses and high transparency
SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 includes unique holographic waveguide technology, which enables super-thin 3.0 mm augmented reality (AR) lenses with high transparency of 85% and excellent brightness, without any half mirrors that may obstruct the user’s vision. Furthermore, the monochrome display ensures low energy consumption and high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2). This enables a binocular display, where text and information is clearly visible under a wide range of lighting conditions.

Sensors in SmartEyeglass and the connected smartphone enable unique use cases
SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 is equipped with a wide range of sensor technologies, including a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone. SmartEyeglass utilises these features, together with GPS location information obtained from the connected smartphone, to provide the user with information that is tailored for the user’s current task or scenario. Applications will run as normal Android apps on a connected smartphone. SmartEyeglass communicates wirelessly with the smartphone over Bluetooth and wireless LAN.

At launch, a selection of SmartEyeglass apps will be available for download from Google Play (apps can be found from the SmartEyeglass host app on the smartphone). This includes SmartEyeglass apps that let you access Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, RSS, calendar and voice control. With the availability of SmartEyeglass and the SmartEyeglass SDK, Sony encourages app developers to continue to develop new exciting AR apps.

A new world of hands-free use cases
Developers can combine the SmartEyeglass sensors and camera with the powerful features of the smartphone to create unique hands-free use cases. You can carry out tasks, get the instructions you need, and always have your hands free. SmartEyeglass helps you stay focused and involved, whilst empowering you with extra information. This means SmartEyeglass has potential to be used in a wide range of use cases.

With the availability of SmartEyeglass, developers now have the ability to create truly innovative augmented reality applications. The holographic waveguide technology and the brightness of the binocular display makes SmartEyeglass well-suited for professional, deskless use cases. At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, APX Labs Inc. showcased a number of different instruction-based app concepts for deskless workers. One such concept is an app that would give instructions on what boxes need to moved where in a warehouse. Another concept includes an instructional app for a mechanic, where step-by-step instructions for how to assembly an engine is given to the mechanic as he or she works on the engine.

There is also an array of end user oriented use cases which can be created with the SmartEyeglass. For example, an app could be created to share player stats while watching a sports game, or to display sightseeing information while visiting a tourist attraction.

Sony is now working to help build a rich portfolio of apps compatible with the SmartEyeglass, so that users across the world can benefit from the convenience in accessing on-demand information in both consumer and professional use cases – all this while having the hands free for other tasks. With the release of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, and Sony’s support of app developers and partners working with SmartEyeglass, it’s the ambition to release a product for consumer use in 2016.