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Sony Unveils The Biggest Rival To Google Glass

Sony unveils its smartglasses to rival Google Glass

Anne Parsons
Sony Unveils The Biggest Rival To Google Glass

It’s rather important to get there first. If we’re talking about smartglasses, Google got there first. Google Glass has now set the golden standard, and every other similar product will inescapably invite comparisons, which is sort of annoying if you’ve spent, say, a decade designing your own product.

Just like Sony. Sony has spent ten years developing its own smartglasses, and they have unveiled a near-final prototype at IFA in Berlin. Their product is called Smart EyeGlass - which admittedly isn’t a great name - a bit too Google Glass, a bit too prosthetic eye. But their product looks good. The glasses actually look like glasses, and have an integrated screen in the lens. The screen acts as an alternate screen for an Android smartphone, relaying information from your selected app in a hologram about 2 meters away.

READ: China Tries To Trump Google Glass With Baidu Eye

Hiroshi Mukawa, developer of the Eyeglass projector technology, told the Guardian,“we’re developing some with industrial applications in mind, but our strengths are not in business so our primary focus is the mainstream consumer.”

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“Our battery division at Sony is working on a special battery designed for wearables...the tiny battery we could fit into the glasses now without being uncomfortable would only last around two to three hours.”

With the current prototype, you need an accompanying handheld control device that stores the battery, a touch strip, buttons for selecting menu items and  microphones for voice recognition. Mukawa told the Guardian, that this was so that the glasses wouldn’t be weighed down by the battery, and that the buttons would be easier to use from your hand.  

“Our battery division at Sony is working on a special battery designed for wearables...the tiny battery we could fit into the glasses now without being uncomfortable would only last around two to three hours.”

The device should be set for release in the not too distant future. We will have to wait to see how the final product holds up to Google Glass.

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