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Eyes-on with Sony's wearable display that transforms any glasses into smartglasses

Tim Hornyak | Dec. 22, 2014
The Single-Lens Display Module has vivid but unobtrusive display graphics.

Resolution, design and interface are where the smartglasses will go up against Google Glass. I found Sony's display to be much easier to see, and with better resolution, than the prism on Glass, which I found obtrusive. Both smartglasses are equally bulky but Google's has voice command, making it generally easier to use, and Sony's prototype does not. A microphone and the camera could be added depending on talks with potential users, a Sony official said.

Sony is promoting the glasses to businesses, with workplace users such as factory maintenance staff in mind. But it's also thinking of outdoor sports enthusiasts and people who use action cameras.

The glasses are still under development, with no price announced, but the trim, quality display that exploits Sony's OLED strengths is exactly the sort of wearable it should have been pushing a few years ago if it had wanted to be ahead of the curve.

Google Glass still has to win widespread enthusiasts, of course, and wearables remain anyone's game for the taking. The question is how much Sony wants to win.

 

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