Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview Released

Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview Released

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A little over a month ago in Tokyo, Japan, Sony unveiled its new SmartEyeglass technology. SmartEyeglass will connect to any Android 4.1 or greater smartphone and deliver superimposed information in the form of text, symbols, and images directly in your field of view. In a way, Sony’s SmartEyeglass system can be thought of as a competitor to Google Glass, but it is also fundamentally different since it can potentially function more as an augmented reality setup than possible with a more peripherally located screen.

While actual shipping devices based on the Sony SmartEyeglass system are still far from being sold to the public, with developer prototype hardware expected by the end of March 2015, Sony is looking to kick start development for its future eyewear. As such, Sony Developer World has just now released the SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview. The SmartEyeglass SDK Dev Preview includes an emulator and will allow developers to start developing apps that can incorporate in-view augmented reality.

So what kind of hardware will SmartEyeglass support when it’s finally released? According to Sony Developer World:

  • Binocular see-through eyewear with a wired controller.
  • 419(H) × 138(V) px display resolution.
  • Monochrome green display with 8bit color depth.
  • 1000 cd/m2 maximum brightness.
  • More than 85% see-through transmittance.
  • Accelerometer, gyro, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphones.
  • 3MP camera for still pictures, VGA (640 x 480px) for videos.
  • Speaker available in the controller.
  • Bluetooth v3.0 and IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity to your Android device.
  • Supports Android 4.1 or above (Android 4.3 or above needed for videos).
  • Weight ≈77g (eyewear without the cable) and ≈44g (controller).

Are you a consumer or developer interested in in-view Augmented Reality like what will be possible with Sony SmartEyeglass? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the Sony Developer World Newsletter and SmartEyeglass SDK page to get started