While the Google Glass program seems to have failed, Sony hopes to pick up the pieces with its newest augmented reality smart glasses, which will go on sale in approximately 10 countries and are already available for pre-order in countries such as Germany and the UK.
The Sony SmartEyeglass is cheaper than its contender, we can grant it that, it is however, far less appealing when it comes to esthetics. Starting March 2015, Sony’s new tech endeavor will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany as well as Japan. The price? $840 or approximately 670 Euros.
As an added bonus, the tech giant has also made it possible or business customers in countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands to also be able to pre-order the augmented reality glasses.
Similar to Google’s attempt at augmented reality, the SmartEyeglass will allow users to view certain features such as notifications, emails, reminders and many others floating in plain sight. The glasses connect to the wearer’s smartphone, so that relevant information can be viewed at all times.
The text appears in simple green text as well as 15 fps diagrams. The dark-framed glasses have a battery life of approximately 2 and a half hours. They are also equipped with a microphone, speaker, touch controls and a 3 megapixel camera, so that users can take pictures or film certain events.
When connected to the user’s Android smartphone, the Glasses display any service, from Facebook and Twitter to virtually any app installed on the smartphone.
In the meantime, Google announced that it will produce a revamped version of its Glass, especially since the $1,500 device hadn’t been designed for mass audiences. Microsoft and its HoloLens is another device that tech enthusiasts still have to wait for, however, Sony hopes that its holographic waveguide technology will be enough, for the time being at least, to appease user’s thirst for tech extravaganza.
Among the device’s early concepts, a step-by-step guide on engine assembly or applications sharing player stats in particular sports were mentioned. Sightseeing information may also be a concept worth pursuing for tourists visiting certain attractions for the first time.
Time will tell if the 77-gram device will become a public-pleaser. Either way, tech junkies are psyched.
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