Sony has finally today announced the public release of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, a transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to superimposed information onto the user’s field of view. SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available for sale in ten countries as of March 2015, with pre-order starting already today in UK and Germany. SmartEyeglass is worth £ 620.00 with a free home delivery in the UK. If you’ll order it today it’ll arrive between 13 March to 19 March this year. We believe that in the United States it will cost around 1000 USD
In an email to PCWorld, a Sony spokesperson said they chose to release the developer’s version now because “as a hands-free device, SmartEyeglass can be a promising product with many practical uses.”
“But since we recognize the need to explore applications at this stage, we’re releasing this developer edition,” the spokesperson said.
Sony is also making the official version of the SmartEyeglass SDK available, enabling developers to create unique 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. This means SmartEyeglass has potential to be used in a wide range of use cases.
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 condition.
SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 key specifications
|Type of head-mounted-display||Binocular see-through with a separate controller|
|Resolution||419 (H) X 138 (V) pixels|
|Field of view||Diagonal 20° (Horizontal 19° x Vertical 6°)|
|Image color||Monochrome green with 8 bit grey scale|
|Frame rate||15 fps|
|Brightness (max.)||1,000 cd/m2|
|Transmittance||More than 85%|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphone, noise-cancelling microphone|
|Camera||Still: 3MPVideo (soundless): JPEG stream – QVGA-equivalent 15 fps (developers can use the JPEG stream in their apps)|
|Sound||Speaker in controller|
|Power source||Built-in lithium ion battery|
|Battery life||When not using the camera: approximately 150 minutesWhen using the camera: approximately 80 minutes
*1: These values apply when the device is used under the following conditions: display always on and display brightness at default setting.
*2: Above time estimates are subject to change based on surrounding temperature and app use conditions.
*3: Even when not using the camera, battery life will decrease when using wireless LAN connection.
|Connectivity with Android device||Bluetooth v3.0, IEEE802.11b/g|
|Android OS compatibility||Android 4.4 and above.|
|Maximum external dimensions||Eyewear: when folded – approximately 180 mm × 39 mm × 72 mm (width/height/depth); when unfolded – approximately 180 mm × 39 mm × 182 mmController: approximately 54 mm × 21 mm × 60 mm (not including protruding part)
Cable: approximately 63 cm (length)
|Weight||Approximately 77 g (glasses excluding cable); approximately 44 g (controller).|
|Operating temperature range||5℃ to 35℃|
|Storage temperature range||-15℃ to 50℃|
If you want a demo of Sony SmartEyeglass you can visit APX Labs website and fill out a simple form in order to schedule a demo of Skylight and Sony’s SmartEyeglass.