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Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition on sale, Google Glass alternative

Sony has launched its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:49 CST

Sony has announced its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition is available for pre-order in the UK and Germany, with sales opening up in the United States, Japan, France, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain and Italy beginning next month.

The hands-free device superimposes images into the wearer's vision range, with Sony hoping it will be able to drive interest in the workplace. The company also was careful to create a more aesthetically pleasing product than Glass, which drew a high amount of criticism from potential wearers.

SmartEyeglass also uses a 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, gyro, accelerometer, electronic compass and brightness sensor - paired with GPS data from a smartphone - to allow custom data to be shared with the wearer.

This could be a good time for Sony to launch its developer edition product, as Google has taken its Glass AR wearable back to the drawing board. The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition is priced at $840, a significantly lower price than Google Glass when it first launched.