Sony debuts SmartEyeglass

Sony has released its latest entry into the augmented-reality (AR) and virtual-reality (VR) marketplaces with its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition. SmartEyeglass can be combined with the powerful features of the smartphone to create unique hands-free use cases.

Sony’s SmartEyeglass Developer Edition is the company’s latest entry into the augmented-reality (AR) and virtual-reality (VR) marketplaces that have been popularized by devices like the Google Glass Explorer Edition.
SmartEyeglass includes unique holographic waveguide technology, which enables super thin augmented reality lenses with high transparency and excellent brightness.
SmartEyeglass is lightweight, binocular eyewear that enables true augmented reality experiences. Text, symbols and images are superimposed onto the natural field of view.
SmartEyeglass is equipped with a thin, lightweight display module designed specifically for transparent lens glasses. The module is made up of two parts: the optical engine, which projects images and text using micro display (µDisplay) technology, and a holographic waveguide, an extremely thin transparent plate of glass measuring just 1mm.
The waveguide is a unique Sony technology that takes the light created in the optical engine and projects a virtual image through the holographic optical elements to the eyes of the wearer. Together with the protective plating, this technology enables more than 85% outside light transmittance, with lenses that are only 3mm thin in total.
Developers can combine the SmartEyeglass sensors and camera with the powerful features of the smartphone to create unique hands-free use cases. Whether watching a live game, concert, touring a new city or carrying out a job, SmartEyeglass helps stay focussed and involved, whilst supporting and empowering with extra data, help and information.