Sony Unveils Head-Mounted Display – SmartEyeglass Attach!

Posted by at 6:17 am on December 17, 2014

Earlier this year, Sony joined Oculus in the VR landscape with Project Morpheus, which was designed to work in tandem with the PlayStation 4. Now the company has revealed a potential competitor to Google’s Glass eyewear called the “SmartEyeglass Attach!.”

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The SmartEyeglass Attach! weighs about 40 grams (1.4 ounces) and runs on an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with an OLED microdisplay that measures about 0.23 inches and shows a resolution of 600 x 400. Just like Glass, the SmartEyeglass Attach! will also feature Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

But its biggest feature is the ability to attach to any existing eyewear. Unlike Glass, which requires its own frame or exclusive eyewear partners that would make custom glasses for Glass, Sony seems to be appealing to the masses by making the SmartEyeglass Attach! work with pre-existing hardware. The way this works is that the SmartEyeglass Attach! is fitted the same way as Glass, except for the fact that the wiring is placed behind the head instead of around the forehead.

As far as apps are concerned, Sony is currently developing an SDK for appdevelopment. Developers can either solely utilize the SmartEyeglass Attach! for their apps or use it together with smartphones. In addition, Sony is also releasing detailed communication specs so that developers can use other devices with SmartEyeglass Attach! in the future. Sony will be showing off the SmartEyeglass Attach! at CES, where it will be displaying a concept of the device that is meant to be used for sports eyewear designs.

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