With the exception of its highly successful PlayStation 4, many of Sony’s consumer electronic brands have been struggling lately. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the company revealed development plans for its own smart eyewear. Referred to as SmartEyeglass, it almost looks like a leftover set of 3D glasses from Sony’s Bravia TV division, but instead it’s the company’s answer to Google Glass.
Compatible with devices running Android 4.1 or higher, Sony’s high-tech eyewear features a 3-megapixel camera, microphones, an accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass and a brightness sensor. While Google Glass is capable of running apps natively, Sony’s new specs will use smartphone applications via Bluetooth and WiFi. Still considered a prototype, SmartEyeglass’ SDK preview is now available today, with some limitations. Hopefully Sony’s bulky smart glasses will be pared down a bit by the time it reaches consumers.