Updated 11:22 AM EST, Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Sony SmartEyeglass DE Specs, Features & Price: Google Glass Rival Now Available [Preorder]

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Sony has started accepting preorders (Germany and U.K.) for its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition on Tuesday. Through an official press release, the company announced that the SED-E1 will be available to Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany beginning March 10.

Enterprise customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden are likewise targeted for the wearable's release next month. The SED-E1 follows the well-documented death of Google Glass, arriving with a thicker and bulkier hardware.

As told by the Daily Mail, Sony has made use of "holographic wavelength technology" in the presentation of information right across the wearer's view. Measuring 3 mm thick, the SED-E1's lenses are backed by a 3 MP CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass and brightness sensor.

In particular, these lenses are noted to offer a high transparency of 85%. Sony informed that the wearable does not make use of half-mirrors which are known to obstruct vision. Simply put, the product is enough to give viewers a vision of augmented reality (AR) that does not interfere with the real world.

The wearable is controlled by a separate circular pod which may be clipped to the wearer's shirt collar as desired. According to PCMag, this controller packs the battery, speaker, microphone, NFC and touch sensor.

Sony is convinced that the wearable achieves what it is built for. Much attention appeared to press for flexibility in usage, as the company sees the SmartEyeglass in "a wide range of scenarios."

The company took pride in their labor, "Its most salient characteristic is the superimposed display of information on top of a view of the real world, which enables the user to obtain desired information without having to turn his attention away from what he is doing or looking at."

Sony has also confirmed the release of the SmartEyeglass' Software Development Kit (SDK), an upgraded version of Sept. 2014's Developer Preview SDK.

The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition is priced at $840, Fortune wrote. Without a doubt, Sony's product sells less expensively than Google Glass, considering that the latter sold for $1500.

Meanwhile, the general public could get their hands on the wearable quite soon enough.

Apparently, Sony is hopeful to bring the product to consumers next year, "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."

What do you think about Sony's take on augmented reality? Can the wearable achieve the success not-so-met by Google Glass? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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