As Google begins working on a commercial version of its heads-up display wearable, Sony is stepping things up in double time, with the launch of its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 augmented reality glasses.
The device will be available in 10 countries this March, and pre-orders have already opened in the UK and Germany at $840 apiece.
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The bulky looking binocular display eyewear weighs about 2.7 oz (77g) and manages to superimpose monochrome text, symbols and images in your field of vision. This developer edition comes with a controller that features a speaker, mic, NFC and touch sensor for controlling the display.
Sony has also released a software development kit (SDK) for developers to tinker with and also has a host app on Google Play, which brings apps to the SmartEyeglass for enabling voice control and accessing Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, RSS and calendars.
As with the company’s clip-on heads-up display, this pair looks far too clunky and conspicuous to wear in public. Hopefully, it’ll get sanded down and streamlined before it’s launched for consumers.
➤ Announcing SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1: pre-order starting today in UK and Germany [Sony Developer World]