Sony to rival Google Glass at CES 2015
Sony has this week announced the development of a detachable display module that aims to turn any piece of eyewear into a Google Glass style wearable. The module weighs 40g, consists of a 0.23in OLED microdisplay with a resolution of 640 x 400px, and is designed to attach to existing eyewear whilst also being easy to remove when not needed.
It’s currently looking a little bulky, which is often a killer for wearable tech. However, it’s evenly balanced – the lop-sidedness of Google Glass is one of its least attractive features.
Sony claims that the unit will be usable “in any lighting conditions, from a sunny outdoor environment to the dark indoors”. The microdisplay is designed to be used as a ‘sub-window’, providing picture-in-picture information, such as maps or weather updates.
The window itself will supposedly be “equivalent to the field of view for a 16 inch display 2 meters in the distance”, which sounds like the perfect size.
The module also boasts Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an electronic compass, accelerometer and touch sensor. While it currently lacks a camera, Sony plans to release an SDK allowing developers to create apps which can either be loaded directly onto the module’s control board, or onto a paired smartphone.
This technology will be on show as a concept model at Sony’s public booth at CES 2015 in January, and the company expect to begin mass production in 2015. If Sony can crack the chief problem of looking like a weirdo while wearing it in public, this one might make smartglasses actually viable.