Sony is working on a Google Glass competitor, and surprise, surprise, this device is scheduled to be released before the end of 2014. If the date holds up, Sony would likely get its own device into the broader consumer market before Google, but that probably won't matter unless Sony's Glass rival is actually worth using.
This Google Glass competitor, which for now is called SmartEyeglass, doesn't look that intriguing when it comes down to just the design alone. However, one should bear in mind that this is a developer prototype; the consumer version should look more up to scratch.
The software currently inside it looks similar to that of Google Glass, though some aspects might even be better than what Google is doing right now. If Sony moves wisely before the release date, the company could turn out to be the one leading the charge in this wearable device's market.
Then again, we have to wonder if the smartglass market will ever take off. Google is making a bold push, but for some reason, most companies are barely taking notice. It is clear that companies see more value in a smartwatch rather than a smartglass device. However, things might change suddenly should Sony or Google release a product of much significance.
When it comes down to the software, the Sony SmartEyeglass uses a green monochrome display, which doesn't look that good to be honest. Hopefully, this is changed before the launch. It also looks like it could hurt the eye, and that wouldn't be suitable for users nor for Sony itself.
"SmartEyeglass is equipped with a diverse range of sensing technologies, including a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone," according to Sony. "SmartEyeglass utilizes these features, together with GPS location information from the connected smartphone, to provide information optimized to the user's current circumstances."
We're very interested to see what Sony does with SmartEyeglass and if the company can release a product that is worth using. Furthermore, we hope the company finds a way to ease the fears of users who are wary of someone walking around with a camera on their face.