At Mobile World Congress 2014 Sony is showing off its own answer to Google Glass, or at least a prototype of it. The Sony SmartEyeglass concept is a wearable device that has a design that’s a bit more ‘traditional’ looking than than Google Glass. Whether you consider it more or less attractive is probably a matter of personal taste.
As for what it does? The SmartEyeglass is designed to bring notifications and information right in front of a users eyes by utilizing a binocular see-through eyewear display. On the downside, the display only supports monochrome green — at least for now.
Unlike Google Glass, the Sony SmartEyeglass has a separate wired controller for navigating the UI and snapping pictures using the embedded camera. This approach seems a little impractical since you’ll have a wire hanging from your glasses, but it’s important to remember this is a prototype. It’s hard to say whether this will be the final design if or when Sony decides to commercialize the SmartEyeglass. In addition to using a wired controller, Sony’s glasses also communicate with your Android devices using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Right now Sony is working with select partners on an SDK and is testing and evaluating the APIs and the device’s potential. The SDK itself is built on a similar framework as the SmartWatch 2, and will allow developers to eventually create apps that take full potential of the SmartEyeGlass’ microphone, accelerometer, gyro, compass and brightness sensors.