Google Glass-like Clip-On For Regular Glasses Developed by Sony
For the price of $2,000, a pair of glasses that can run apps, take pictures, and function a mini-computer should at least come with a nice designer frame–maybe something Ray-Ban, Gucci, or Persol. But, no. Forking over that amount of money for Google Glass gets you a cyborg headpiece that can do what your phone does. Sure, you can pay extra money for a limited selection of alternate frames, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep your own specs and still have smart glasses functionality?
This is what Sony wants to achieve with their attachable Single-Lens Display Module they just announced. This module is comparable to Google Glass in that it aims to be a mini computer “with arithmetic processing capabilities on par with smartphones”. Judging from the screenshots, it’ll display helpful information in your field of view for sport, work or any other activity.
Unlike Google Glass, it can clip onto any pair of glasses you may already have. This means that you can use this module with your reading glasses when you’re in the office, at school, or even on the beach with sunglasses. Heck, you could probably even use those flimsy 3D movie glasses so you can sneakily read the plot of the movie to see if your favourite character dies when you’re actually watching the movie.
This module consists of a high resolution color OLED microdisplay measuring 0.23 inch with a resolution of 640 x 400 pixels, which serves as the small window in your field of vision where information will pop up. It will also rock an ARM Cortex-A7 processor, an electronic compass, accelerometer, touch sensor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and a 400 mAh battery.
As should be with all eyewear, you’d be best advised to try before you buy. Luckily, you’ll be able to see this module in real life in January 2015 at CES. Sony hopes to start mass production of this module within the next year, although no other timing or pricing information has been given. Sony is also preparing an SDK for this module which will allow developers to create their own apps for the module.
If you would like to find out more, check out Sony’s official statement at the Sony official website.