The long wait for Google Glass is over as we can push it to history and turn to Japanese multinational firm Sony that has launched a cheaper edition of its device known as SmartEyeglass.
Available in the US, Britain, Germany and Japan for $840 from March, the high-tech spectacles are now on sale for pre-order bookings in Britain and Germany.
Though not as elegant as Google Glass, the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 is like regular spectacles with a transparent screen in the lenses.
The wearer can see features like e-mails and notifications floating in front of his or her eyes. In fact, Sony was working on a similar device since 1990 and it was only the latest craze that pushed it to release the old device.
Once paired with the smartphone, the Sony glasses can show you what is going on with the apps in your pocket.Sony’s glasses connect with a wire to a hockey puck-sized control unit that holds the battery, speaker, microphone and touch controls.
The glasses display information in the colour green only. The battery lasts around two hours 30 minutes.It has got a host app on Google Play so that one can access apps like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, RSS and calendars on the device.
According to a recent report in The New York Times, the new team at Google Glass wants to “redesign the product from scratch and not release it until it is complete”.Google Glass is now overseen by Ivy Ross, a jewellery designer who runs Google’s smart-eyewear division and Tony Fadell, a former Apple product executive, it added.
Google Glass was unveiled as a prototype in 2012 and dstributed as part of the Explorer program to a select group of people who paid $1,500 to be early adopters.On Jan 19, 2015, Google quietly suspended selling Google Glass to consumers while continuing to support Glass as an enterprise product.
Features of Sony SmartEyeglass:
SmartEyeglass is a transparent lens eyewear that superimposes information onto the wearer’s natural field of view. It’s perfect for notifications and information layers on top of the visual world we experience.
Applications can access the sensor data from the accelerometer, gyro, electronic compass, brightness sensor and microphone, and take pictures and videos from the built-in camera. SmartEyeglass connects to a compatible smartphone, where the apps are running. Get all the specs for the SmartEyeglass prototype.
The SmartEyeglass SDK comes with sample code and an emulator providing tutorials, design guidelines, in-depth developer guides, API references, test- and publishing guidelines, and support information for developers made available on Sony’s official website.
The emulator uses the display, touchscreen and camera of your Android phone to mimic the behavior of an actual SmartEyeglass device.
“Install the SmartEyeglass SDK, set up your development, and then you are ready to design and develop your app. You could either base it on a tutorial, or learn from the in-depth developer guides,” said Sony on its website..