Sony releases SmartEyeGlass preview

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Sony has become the latest electronics company to push into the burgeoning augmented reality sector.

The company has released the first SDK for its SmartEyeGlass product, due for release in 2015.

Announced at CES, the transparent binocular SmartWear prototype, as Sony refers to it, will come loaded with sensors. It has an accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, ambient light sensor, and a digital camera. A thin wire connects the glasses to an external battery pack, which has a touch sensor and a microphone built in. Messages, notifications, and even directions, can be seen as an overlay to the user’s view. Like most wearable tech devices, the SmartEyeglass has to pair with a smartphone in order to work. It must be paired with an Android phone through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

The SDK will enable developers to create custom apps for the SmartEyeglass platform.