Sony SmartEyeglass to go on sale by the end of March, somehow look more ridiculous than Google Glass

Sony SmartEyeglass to go on sale by the end of March, somehow look more ridiculous than Google Glass
Ever since Google Glass was revealed to the public, there has been no shortage of people saying that the device makes the user look silly. Unfortunately, as more Glass competitors are unveiled, we're starting to realize that Google Glass is possibly one of the best face-worn designs possible. At the very least, Sony SmartEyeglass is proving that the device can look more ridiculous.

Whereas Google Glass has a relatively simple design and is as understated as can be, Sony SmartEyeglass looks like a cross between hipster glasses and the goggles Horace Grant used to wear. They are absurdly thick and oddly shaped, which helps to hide quite a lot of sensors. The glasses house an accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, ambient light sensor, and a 3-megapixel camera. And, despite how big the glasses are, Sony somehow still couldn't find a place for the battery pack, and has had to add an external battery pack that would need to be clipped to your shirt. It is quite odd all around. 

Sony has released the SDK for its SmartEyeglass today, to get developers on board with augmented reality apps. The device connects to compatible Android devices and runs information from Android apps, but it doesn't seem to run Android itself. The SmartEyeglass is planned to go on sale by the end of March. No word yet on pricing.


source: Sony via The Verge

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15 Comments

1. SManTech

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I wonder what the pricing will be like for these. It better not be over $400.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It'll be over 9000.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Looks better than Google Glass imo.

12. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

as a sony fan, i hardly think so. google glass is more futuristic, while this, reminds me of those spectacles from the 60s or 80s?

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

'Sony somehow still couldn't find a place for the battery pack, and has had to add an external battery pack that would need to be clipped to your shirt. It is quite odd all around' I agree

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I don't like the idea of having a wired battery pack on your pocket plus it's too thick

5. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I kinda like it but if the price was right not like the 1500$ pricy Google glass.

6. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No wonder why Sony just increased expected net loss from 400 million to 2 billion. Crap like this! Sony, Sony, Sony. When will you learn.

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Holy crap, those are bloody awful!

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

should have just used the R&D money on this to the Xperia marketing.

9. hltechie unregistered

Nope. No thank you. Google glass FTW.

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Way to make Google glass look awesome, Sony.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2389; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That looks atrocious, and the ad used to campaign it was very mechanical and disenchanting.

13. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

That Z3... Where,s the bottom speaker? 0:35

15. Nick1119

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

they need to stop putting cameras on them

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