Sony had stepped into the wearables segment with the announcement of its SmartEyeGlass, a transparent lens eyewear, back in September this year. Taking its smart eyewear development further, Sony has now introduced a compact and light-weight Single-Lens Display Module. This new module can be attached to any type of regular eyewear to convert it into smart glasses.
You can attach the Single-Lens Display Module to any glasses you are wearing including reading glasses, sun glasses or even ski goggles. The module will instantly display visual information on its Microdisplay and help you in your activity such as running, cycling and other sports.
Main components of the Single-Lens Display Module are:
- A 0.23-inch high resolution color OLED Microdisplay having a resolution of 640 x 400 pixels. It has a contrast ratio of over 10,000:1 with 100% sRGB coverage resulting in rich vibrant color images.
- A Micro-Optical unit that projects high quality images in any lighting conditions – dark indoors or sunny outdoors. The diagonal angle of view of the projected image gets converted to 13⁰ that is equivalent to the field view offered by a 16-inch monitor at a distance of 2 meters.
- A control board equipped with an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with capabilities equal to that of a smartphone. It also has Wi-Fi /g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a variety of sensors including accelerometer, electronics compass and touch sensor. Battery capacity is 400mAh.
The whole unit is light weight and weighs only 40g (Display arm – 22 g and secondary arm – 18 g). The module is easily attachable and detachable and the information is displayed in a small sub-window so that the field of vision is not obscured.
“This display module possesses the potential to enrich users’ lives in a variety of ways.” says Sony. “By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that adds a level of convenience to your everyday life.“
Sony plans to begin mass production of the Single-Lens Display Module next year and will also make SDKs available to partnering organizations. The concept model of the new module will be unveiled by Sony at CES 2015 with the title “SmartEyeGlass Attach!”