Today, after a few exciting months, we’re delighted to mark another milestone in our SmartEyeglass project with the launch of the SDK “Developer Preview” – the software development kit for our transparent binocular smartwear prototype.
The software development kit will enable developers to build apps for the SmartEyeglass platform, ensuring the foundations are set for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.
“This is about going beyond hardware” said Hiroshi Mukawa, Head of the SmartEyeglass Project, Sony Corporation. “Our thinking is to match external creativity with in-house innovation to truly stretch the capability of the products we create – releasing the SDK early means that both our industry’s most established and up-and-coming developers will help shape what SmartEyeglass is capable of.”
SmartEyeglass – which was earlier this month showcased on our booth at IFA in Berlin – is transparent lens eyewear that superimposes fun and useful information onto a natural eyeline, within a slim and light device. SmartEyeGlass works by wirelessly connecting to your Android phone or tablet and uses apps to collect sensor data and produce visual output back to the eyewear.
We’ve leveraged unique hologram optics technology to develop a lens that achieves high transparency of 85% and thickness of just 3.0 mm, without the use of half or monocular mirrors that obstruct vision. In addition, the monochrome display ensures that while energy consumption is lower than a color display, high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2) is achieved, to deliver a screen with clear readability that allows a user to easily read text in a wide range of environments.
It is equipped with a diverse range of sensing tech, including a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor and mic. SmartEyeglass utilizes these features, together with GPS location info from the connected smartphone, to provide information optimized for a user’s circumstances and activity.
Some of the experiences from partners already exploring the SmartEyeglass prototype’s potential include: a pedestrian navigation app from Zenrin Datacom, an international travel companion; the brainchild of Wikitude and K-Opticom’s (marathon) running platform.
Head on over to Developer World for the full scoop – and stay tuned for more on SmartEyeglass over the coming months.