Google Glass still isn't lighting up the world almost two years after release, but it looks like at least one major electronics corporation has taken notice. Sony's primary production division announced its new Single-Lens Display Module today. It's a wearable device that's remarkably similar to Glass in basic structure, with the major difference being that it can be attached to any normal pair of glasses or sunglasses.
Don't pull out your wallet just yet. Sony is really only promoting the module at this point - it's not a finished consumer product. Sony is a huge OEM parts provider, after all, so this gadget is more of a proof-of-concept for Sony's corporate customers. That said, it is remarkably like Glass: a tiny OLED display projects onto a transparent window over your right eye, and it's connected to a basic system-on-a-chip with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a set of sensors. Sony isn't giving up any particular specifications, but they will be showing off the gadget at CES next month. The company hopes to enter OEM production within a year.
This isn't Sony's only entry into head-mounted territory. Project Morpheus, Sony's VR headset for the PlayStation 4, has been in development for approximately a year at this point. But where Morpheus is a direct competitor to the Oculus Rift, which is more or less about shutting out the real world, the Single-Lens Display Module is clearly meant to interact with your mobile devices and services. We'll see if any electronics manufacturers, Sony or otherwise, bite in the next year or so.