Sony SmartEyeglass SDK Update Brings Artificial Reality Rendering API
We’ve all heard of Google Glass, the spectacle wearable that just until recently, we all believed was only possible in sci-fi movies. However, a very similar prototype has also been worked on by Sony called SmartEyeglass, which looks like a bulky pair of swimming goggles fitted with a 3 megapixel camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, microphone, brightness sensor, and hefty battery pack. Needless to say, it’s not as sleek or chic as Google Glass, but kudos goes to Sony for exploring this area of technology.
With this said, Sony has just recently released a new version of its SmartEyeglass SDK that includes a new Artificial Reality (AR) rendering API. This allows you to have text and images rendered and overlayed onto fixed real-world positions seen through the SmartEyeglass. And also, if the wearer turns to face another direction, the rendered text and images would stay overlayed on the fixed position as long as the position is still within sights. The new SDK comes with a tutorial teaching you how to implement this AR API into your SmartEyeglass app, with the tutorial also explaining just how exactly this is made possible.
If you are interested in implementing this new API into your SmartEyeglass app or simply want to find out more about it, head over to the official Sony Developer World AR API post for more information.