Most of today’s virtual reality or augmented reality headset are receiving pre release beta previews for developers, such as Google Glass and of course the Oculus Rift. In fact, both the Rift and Google Glass are already available in limited numbers for developers to try their hand at putting together software for the device.
Today Sony has announced that their augmented reality, heads up display enabled SmartEyeglass glasses are ready for this kind of preview, detailing how the clever device is to be released on a limited scale so apps can be ready for the full public release sometime in the future.
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However, if you’re waiting eagerly for a chance to get your hands on one of Sony’s devices, unfortunately you’re going to have to wait a good while for just the Beta version, which according to Sony is going to be ready on March 14th, 2015.
The glasses are designed to connect with Android phones which are compatible with the software, and features a camera, heads up display and a host of sensory apparatuses, such as a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a brightness sensor which picks up the levels of ambient light.
There’s also a small controller attached to the glasses via a wire, which contains the device’s battery, a microphone, speaker, and a touch sensor. Sony is currently working on a way to integrate the battery into the glasses themselves, hoping to someday do away with any additional cabling and maybe even the controller itself.
In turn, SmartEyeglass can receive notifications from the phone it’s paired with, as well as location based information which is directly overlaid onto landmarks or other objects in the user’s field of vision.
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It’s not clear yet when Sony;s SmartEyeglass glasses are going to hit the market in a full, uninhibited release, but for now aspiring developers should keep their eye out for them on March 14th.
We’ll publish more detailed info on how to get the dev kit closer to the date, or if Sony directly makes the information more readily available.