Wearable computers are the hot trend in technology, and the holy grail for any electronics company is augmenting your vision with crazy computer glasses. Google started it, Microsoft's allegedly working on it, and Sony's got one too—fashion be damned. But at least Sony's new cyborg eye can attach to your existing pair of glasses!
Sony's SmartEyeglass Attach prototype, first announced in December, is basically exactly what it sounds: a small module you clip onto the frames of your glasses with all the computing power on board. It's got a little 640x400 OLED microdisplay that projects images into a little piece of glass that stretches out across your vision, as well as compass, accelerometer, and an ARM Cortex A7 processor. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 400mAh battery.
Most importantly, it's light! Just 1.4 ounces, and while that's not no weight at all, it still feels more like wearing glasses than wearing something... cyborgy.
Still looks really, really nerdy, though. If you want to know more, here's all the details.
Here's what it looks like inside. This is a demo of a theoretical running app that shows your route, speed, and friendly encouragements from friends via pop-up notifications.
On a slightly less handsome model:
Though honestly, I kind of like Sony's other glasses with the microprojector built right in: the plain ol' SmartEyeglass prototype (below) looks pretty slick. I played a silly little augmented reality ghost shooting game, but you could also use them for navigation. Or lots of other things, I'd imagine. Here's what they look like:
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