Google may not be the only big company with a smart glass product of its own for long; Sony is looking to join the game in the next few weeks, as well.
At the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, the Japanese company will show the world its concept product called “SmartEyeglass Attach!,” which is meant to be attached to sports eyewear pieces.
Initially, Sony will target sports and business applications for its “smart glass enabling” device.Unlike Google, Sony’s idea is to offer a device that can be attached to any pair of glasses or sunglasses. No need to buy a separate glass when you want to get HUD-style turn-by-turn directions or other information.
Nevertheless, the setup is similar to Google Glass – it includes a tiny 640×400 pixels OLED display that projects onto a transparent window over one’s right eye, and is connected to a basic system-on-a-chip with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a set of sensors.
Initially, Sony will target sports and business applications for its “smart glass enabler,” and eventually expand to other markets. Healthcare workers have thus far been acceptive of Glass in the clinical setting, so we presume this is one of the markets where Japanese will be looking for clients. Alternatively, Sony may also be offering this product to its manufacturing partners keen to compete with Google.
If 2014 was a “year of the wrist,” 2015 could easily emerge as a “year of the eye.” And with increased competition in the space, prices will inevitably go south. Good days ahead. 😉