Promotes the development of a wide range of apps by offering Software Developer Ki
In the UK and Germany, the device is now available for pre-order. It will also be offered for sale to enterprise customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden from March 10th in order to promote the development of apps geared toward industrial use. The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition will be sold through the dedicated SmartEyeglass page of “Sony Developer World,” an application development support website for Sony products.
In addition to the hardware, Sony will also begin providing the official release of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the SmartEyeglass, an upgraded version of the Developer Preview SDK that it has made available since last September. Through this official release, it is looking to promote the development of even more apps compatible with the device. Sony also has its eyes set on the future of wearable devices and their diversifying use cases, and it hopes to tap into the ingenuity of developers to improve upon the user experience that the SmartEyeglass provides.
Going forward, Sony will accelerate its efforts to promote the development of apps for SmartEyeglass, as it eyes the commercialization of the product for both consumers and enterprise customers in 2016.
|Product name||Model||Release date||Price|
|SmartEyeglass Developer Edition||SED-E1||March 10, 2015||100,000 yen + tax (Japan) |
$840 + tax (US)
520 pounds + tax (UK)
€670 + tax (all other applicable countries)
In addition to acting as the purchasing portal for this device and as the channel for obtaining the SDK, the dedicated SmartEyeglass page on the Sony Developer World website will also provide detailed specifications on the device as well as information potentially useful for app development, such as examples of apps already in existence and conceivable use case
Indeed, at the Sony booth at CES 2015 held in Las Vegas in January, several instructional apps (developed by APX Labs Inc.) for the workplace setting were showcased, utilizing SAP’s cloud computing system. One of the apps helps users at a warehouse select the correct component to use next, and another gives step-by-step engine maintenance instructions at a repair shop. Many applications for consumer use also seem ripe with potential, such as the user viewing data related to a certain player while watching a game, displaying SNS messages pertaining to an event the user is attending, and displaying sightseeing information while exploring a tourist spot. The SmartEyeglass will thus be able to realize more convenient and enjoyable lifestyles for users.
Sony is working to build a rich portfolio of apps compatible with the SmartEyeglass so that individuals across the world can benefit from the increased convenience in accessing helpful information that wearable devices provide, both in professional use and consumer use settings.
*1: Announced on September 19, 2014
*2: Operating requirements – Android 4.4 or higher.
*3: Potential use cases for this device are currently under consideration, with app development, market research, and field testing still continuing. Examples cited here are potential applications being considered at the present time and do not represent use cases whose safety has been tested and confirmed.
Overview of the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition
The exchange of information, from sensing data to images, between the SmartEyeglass and a wirelessly connected smartphone means that, depending on the smartphone app, the device has the potential to be used in a wide range of scenarios.
Thin, lightweight display module made possible by Sony’s unique hologram optics technology
Holographic waveguide technology entails the propagation of image light that is output from the optical engine, using holographic optical elements embedded in both sides of a glass plate. The light is propagated through the extremely thin (1 mm) glass plate and then delivered to the eyes. With this technology, Sony succeeded in designing an incredibly thin 3 mm*4 lens with a very high transmittance of 85%.
*4: Includes the protective plates in front and behind the waveguide.
Key Specifications of the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (SED-E1)
|HMD type||Binocular see-through with a separate controller|
|Resolution||419 (H) X 138 (V) pixel|
|Angle of view||Diagonal 20° (Horizontal 19° x Vertical 6°)|
|Image color||Monochrome green with 8 bit grey scale|
|Frame rate||15 fps|
|Brightness (max.)||1,000 cd/m2|
|See-through transmittance||More than 85%|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphone, noise-canceling microphone|
|Camera||Still: 3M pixel
Video (soundless): JPEG Stream – QVGA-equivalent 15 fps (requires a camera API; for more information, refer to the SDK)
|Sound||Speaker in controller|
|Power source||Built-in lithium ion battery|
|Battery life||Not using the camera: approximately 150 minutes
Using the camera: approximately 80 minutes
*1: These values apply when device is used under the following conditions – display always on; display brightness at default setting
*2: Above time estimates are subject to change based on surrounding temperature and app use conditions
*3: Even when not using the camera, battery life will decrease when using wireless LAN connection
|Connectivity with Android device||Bluetooth v3.0, IEEE802.11b/g|
|Android OS requirements||Android 4.4 or above|
|Maximum external dimensions||Eyewear: when folded – approximately 180 mm × 39 mm × 72 mm (width/height/depth); when unfolded – approximately 180 mm × 39 mm × 182 mm
Controller: approximately 54 mm × 21 mm × 60 mm (not including protruding part)
Cable: approximately 63 cm (length)
|Weight||Approximately 77 g (glasses excluding cable); approximately 44 g (controller)|
|Operating temperature range||5℃ to 35℃|
|Storage temperature range||-15℃ to 50℃|