Announcing SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1: pre-order starting today in UK and Germany

Today we are announcing the commercialisation of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, a transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to superimpose information onto the user’s field of view. SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available for sale in ten countries as of March 2015, with pre-order starting already today in UK and Germany. As of today, we are also making the official version of the SmartEyeglass SDK available, enabling developers to create unique hands-free use cases.


Binocular display with super-thin lenses and high transparency
SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 includes unique holographic waveguide technology, which enables super-thin 3.0 mm augmented reality (AR) lenses with high transparency of 85% and excellent brightness, without any half mirrors that may obstruct the user’s vision. Furthermore, the monochrome display ensures low energy consumption and high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2). This enables a binocular display, where text and information is clearly visible under a wide range of lighting conditions.

SmartEyeglass features

SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 sensors and features.

Sensors in SmartEyeglass and the connected smartphone enable unique use cases
SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 is equipped with a wide range of sensor technologies, including a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone. SmartEyeglass utilises these features, together with GPS location information obtained from the connected smartphone, to provide the user with information that is tailored for the user’s current task or scenario. Applications will run as normal Android apps on a connected smartphone. SmartEyeglass communicates wirelessly with the smartphone over Bluetooth and wireless LAN.

At launch, a selection of SmartEyeglass apps will be available for download from Google Play (apps can be found from the SmartEyeglass host app on the smartphone). This includes SmartEyeglass apps that let you access Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, RSS, calendar and voice control. With the availability of SmartEyeglass and the SmartEyeglass SDK, Sony encourages app developers to continue to develop new exciting AR apps.

A new world of hands-free use cases
Developers can combine the SmartEyeglass sensors and camera with the powerful features of the smartphone to create unique hands-free use cases. You can carry out tasks, get the instructions you need, and always have your hands free. SmartEyeglass helps you stay focused and involved, whilst empowering you with extra information. This means SmartEyeglass has potential to be used in a wide range of use cases.

Application concept from APX Labs.

Application concept from APX Labs.

With the availability of SmartEyeglass, developers now have the ability to create truly innovative augmented reality applications. The holographic waveguide technology and the brightness of the binocular display makes SmartEyeglass well-suited for professional, deskless use cases. At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, APX Labs Inc. showcased a number of different instruction-based app concepts for deskless workers. One such concept is an app that would give instructions on what boxes need to moved where in a warehouse. Another concept includes an instructional app for a mechanic, where step-by-step instructions for how to assembly an engine is given to the mechanic as he or she works on the engine.

There is also an array of end user oriented use cases which can be created with the SmartEyeglass. For example, an app could be created to share player stats while watching a sports game, or to display sightseeing information while visiting a tourist attraction.

Sony is now working to help build a rich portfolio of apps compatible with the SmartEyeglass, so that users across the world can benefit from the convenience in accessing on-demand information in both consumer and professional use cases – all this while having the hands free for other tasks. With the release of SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1, and Sony’s support of app developers and partners working with SmartEyeglass, it’s the ambition to release a product for consumer use in 2016.

Available for sale in March, pre-order starting now in selected markets
The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available for sale to developers through developer.sonymobile.com in March, in the following countries: Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. From March, enterprise customers based in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden will also be able to purchase SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1.

Pre-order is starting already today for developers and enterprise customers in the United Kingdom and Germany. SmartEyeglass Developer Edition will cost JPY 100,000, USD 840, EUR 670 or GBP 520 (excluding taxes), depending on the country of sale. For more information, see the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition product information pages.

Official SmartEyeglass SDK now available
The first official version of the SmartEyeglass SDK, version 1.0, is also being made available for developers today at developer.sony.com. The SmartEyegass SDK 1.0 is an update of the previous developer preview version, which has been available since September 2014. SmartEyeglass SDK 1.0 builds on previous versions, and now includes better support for Android Studio and improved sample code and documentation. Android API level 19 is required from this release. For more information, see the SmartEyeglass SDK web pages.

SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 key specifications

Item Specification
Type of head-mounted-display Binocular see-through with a separate controller
Resolution 419 (H) X 138 (V) pixels
Field of view Diagonal 20° (Horizontal 19° x Vertical 6°)
Image colour Monochrome green with 8 bit grey scale
Frame rate 15 fps
Brightness (max.) 1,000 cd/m2
Transmittance More than 85%
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphone, noise-cancelling microphone
Camera Still: 3MP

Video (soundless): JPEG stream – QVGA-equivalent 15 fps (developers can use the JPEG stream in their apps)

Sound Speaker in controller
Power source Built-in lithium ion battery
Battery life *1, *2, *3 When not using the camera: approximately 150 minutes

When using the camera: approximately 80 minutes

*1: These values apply when the device is used under the following conditions: display always on and 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 compatibility Android 4.4 and 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℃

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  1. By Caleb Hutchins

    #1

    Display colour — Monochrome green with 8 bit grey scale

    Display resolution — 419x 38

    Camera — 3MP

    Video — Soundless 15fps JPEG stream

    Battery life — 2 and a half hours max

    Is… is this the past? Has Sony invented a time machine?

  2. By Scott Meadows

    #2

    It’s not very often that I feel this insulted by a product’s existence.

  3. By Robert Eriksson

    #3

    LOLLIPOP???

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