Sony is showing off its own take on Google Glass at Mobile World Congress, and while the current name, the SmartEyeglass concept, doesn't flow as well as Google's, it already looks less weird. The company has managed to cram an accelerometer, compass, brightness sensor, embedded camera, microphone, and other bits of hardware inside a bulkier but otherwise normal-looking frame.


The company first unveiled the product at CES, and details remain scarce. Unlike Glass, this device uses a separate controller with a touchpad, power, navigation, and camera buttons. Like Glass, the Sony SmartEyeglass concept aims to provide non-intrusive notifications and useful information right before your eyes. Picture an arrow pointing you in the direction of your destination, whether indoors or out. You can also read text messages or snap a picture, just as you've come to expect from Glass.

Sony plans to release a developer SDK down the road, but there's no word yet on when to start looking around for it, nor is there information on a consumer release date. Yet even though there isn't much to see for the time being, if Sony can pull off the concept in a form factor that otherwise looks like a normal pair of shades, they might just have a winner here.

Via: Sony Mobile Developer World

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  • Danish Prakash

    Google Glass > Sony SmartEyeglass.

  • MeCampbell30

    Getting there. This should still be in pre-alpha though.

    • Josh Shaw

      ... Open Handset ALLIANCE Sony, Google Y U NO work together?

      • guest

        The Sony device could very well be more Android-based than Glass with its own Mirror stuff and approval process separate from the Playstore...

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Oh gawd the pun, it's burning my eyes out

  • antifud

    I don't really see anything that explains anything about how this product is really going to work, but I can't say I expect this to be interesting as of yet. Having a part of the main viewing area as the display is something obstructing the view, not enhancing it - and also probably means the battery life is going to be compromised.

    I could be completely wrong, but lack of info here including the video makes me skeptical that it's even potentially a good product.

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    They really should focus on making a version for people that already have glasses, ya know.

    • h4rr4r

      You can get lenses for google glass already.
      Not enough folks wear glasses for them to be the primary market. I would imagine most folks are using contacts these days, like I do. These will have the same downsides as glasses though, suck in the rain, suck in any sort of athletic endeavor, fragile, cumbersome, etc.

      • Gabriel Hellsing

        Maybe so, but lenses aren't exactly cheap, and i imagine you can't get them for Glass with things like photochromatic coating, or anti-glare.

        • h4rr4r

          Why would you imagine that?
          They want you to buy from one of their approved vendors, but there is no reason why you have to do that. Anyone who makes lenses can grind some to fit made from whatever base material with whatever coatings you want.
          Lenses these days are fantastically cheap, compared to when I was a young man. My last pair of glasses bought last year, cost me about the same as the first pair my parents bought so many years ago.

          • Gabriel Hellsing

            Nah, they don't want me to buy anything. It's still a US-only product. ;)

          • h4rr4r

            They are not even selling them to the US public.

          • Matthew Fry

            "We recommend discussing your options with a Glass Preferred eyecare provider or your eye doctor to see if your prescription is compatible with Glass frames. We recommend lenses cut within +4 to -4 with astigmatism up to 2D. Check with your eyecare provider for more information if you're unsure if that means you."

            So you don't have to use their "Glass Preferred Provider" but they also say that only some prescriptions are compatible.

          • h4rr4r

            I am sure some enterprising provider will go further than that. +4 to -4 is not a lot of correction. I need a fair bit more myself.

  • EJ_Su

    Ultra Seven!

  • Cj

    separate controls tethered to device = fail
    Lose the cord +1 ...lose the remote accessory on a whole, priceless

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      That's a prototype device. I'm sure it wouldn't launch with that.

      • Cj

        It may be a prototype, but given the minimal functionality shown (we don't even fully know what the guy is actually doing while interacting with the remote). I can only assume the intent is to have a separate remote. It probably won't be physically connected though

  • MSmith79

    This design is what Google Glass needs to get me to be a customer.

    • MSmith79

      Minus the cord and separate device of course. Why wouldn't they just have it communicate with your phone over BT instead?

      • kashtrey

        Almost certainly because that brick is where the battery is located. All this has done is move the weird battery pack from Glass to become a weird dongle.

    • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

      What about folks who already have prescription lenses? This won't fly for them.

    • didibus

      Have you seen the new design for Google Glass though? http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/28/5352592/google-glass-prescription-lenses-frames-titanium-collection

      I find them a lot nicer than these sony's.

  • p3ngwin

    monochrome green ?


    as CJ said below "separate controls tethered to device = fail"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Agreed, that monochrome aspect seems like a really big miss. I'm sure it's easier on battery life and possibly less distracting, but that's going to cut into its flexibility.

      I do wonder if this intended to accomplish some kind of 3d overlay, because that would be the one distinct advantage over Glass. If it's projecting to both eyes, and does it right, that could be pretty powerful. That's probably aiming way too high, but it could be interesting.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    This one is nice for a first tty, I would like to see more companies tackle the smart glass market. But IMO Google Glass looks kinda more futuristic, or maybe reminds me of a DBZ scouter

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I prefer the more refined, less bulky look of Google Glass.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I was intrigued then the sound at the end ruined it.....

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    This is just the start. Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC will show their own pair of ____ (catchy name) glass.

  • Wayne Randall

    One Glass is more than enough. Seriously. Stop.

  • http://www.giarty.it Francesco Giartosio

    The concept is identical to our GlassUp: http://igg.me/at/glassup Damn.
    I wonder what technology they're using. If they can eliminate that
    cable, we're done.

  • Pin

    Bother released a wearable scouter in 2011, no one bats an eye.

    Google releases hipster glass, everyone went batshit.


  • asians

    seems like they made it specifically for asians