Sony is working on another wearable that's similar to Google Glass, the company announced Wednesday. But there's one big difference: The Sony module clips right onto typical eyeglasses.
Google's version, for example, is itself a pair of glasses. Sony's device, on the other hand, is a separate module that transforms regular spectacles, sunglasses and other types of eyewear into wearable technology, according to a company release.
The Sony module has a control board, Bluetooth capabilities and a projected OLED microdisplay with a resolution of 600x400 pixels. It is also relatively lightweight at 40g. Sony claims the projector displays high-quality images in all sorts of lighting, from the sunny outdoors to dark rooms. Developers also say the module is ideal for sports; cyclists or golfers could use the attachment to access course information or distance readings.
The device's versatility could give it a leg up over Google Glass, which has failed to catch on with the public. There are several reasons why Glass hasn't achieved ubiquity, most notably its price. On Google Play, the explorer edition retails for $1,500.
What's more, the wearable doesn't have the best reputation. Some find it elitist and creepy, and there's even a derogatory term for users: Glasshole.
Sony has not offered a specific release date for the module, saying only that it will debut in "the coming year." There is also no word on price, which could be a huge factor, especially when compared to Google Glass.One big appeal of Sony's clip-on wearable is that it could be removed and pocketed when not in use.Sony has also been working working on EyeGlass, which is the company's direct answer to Google Glass. However, the device is still reportedly in a prototype phase.
The company's clip-on module will officially debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January 2015.