Sony Outs Clip-On Sensible Glass Module For Sports activities
Extra Sony information. In a pre-CES announcement that’s maybe hoping to attract eyeballs away from the poisonous fallout of the Sony Footage e-mail hack — or, extra doubtless, hoping to suck up slightly oxygenated publicity forward of the buyer digital scrum in January — Sony has at present introduced its personal tackle Google Glass.
Or somewhat it has detailed a “Compact, Light-weight Single-Lens Show Module with OLED Know-how”. So principally a module that clips onto your present glasses to ‘smartify’ them. (It’s not truly saying smartify, thank goodness.)
Sony says its Glass-esque module, has been designed to clip to glasses of “various designs” — it goes on to say “trendy glasses, goggles, sun shades, or different sort of eyewear” — to reinforce commonplace eyewear with a colour OLED micro show plus related digital camera.
Sony is envisaging the module attaching to numerous sports activities use-instances, reminiscent of golf, biking, operating or tennis, and in addition sees potential within the enterprise market — similar to being linked to a manufacturing unit’s inner infrastructure system to ship arms-free instruction to staff. You might envisage Amazon warehouse pickers being so kitted out — whereas they wait to changed by robots.
Sony additionally says it sees potential for the module to be paired with an motion digital camera to permit the wearer to view distant show or examine the angle of view of a captured picture from a distance, by way of their eyewear. That latter state of affairs sounds fairly fiddle and area of interest however I assume you by no means know.
Sony notes the module is light-weight (about 40g) and might be indifferent when not in use, to assist wearer consolation. And presumably keep away from them turning into a social pariah when off the enjoying area.
At this level it’s truthful to say Sony’s module is usually idea, and positively not polished shopper product. So undoubtedly file this one beneath Sony experiments (keep in mind these clip on lens for smartphones, anybody?).
Price ticket might be a key element — there’s no point out of value as but, and therein lies the rub. Google Glass has did not seize mainstream consideration and having a excessive price ticket is definitely a part of its drawback. The opposite half being the inherent geeky creepiness of sporting a face pc in public. At the very least Sony’s module may be indifferent out of your specs.
Sony says a prototype of its sensible glass module shall be on present at CES, beneath the catchy identify of SmartEyeglass Connect!, the place the corporate will be hoping to drum up curiosity from different gadget makers.
It notes it’s:
…trying to present the product to all kinds of potential clients, from eyewear makers whose items are tailor-made for particular makes use of corresponding to sports activities or leisure, to electronics producers who’re contemplating pairing their merchandise with wearable units, to corporations that present enterprise options using wearable units.
It additionally says it’s aiming to start out mass manufacturing of this show module “inside the coming yr”. So loads of non-particular vaporware markers right here.
The compact show tech is evidently what Sony is most pleased with, noting it consists of a zero.23 inch Excessive-Decision Colour OLED Microdisplay, with a decision of 640 x four hundred pixels and the power to show “wealthy, vibrant shade” — even outside in sunny circumstances (which might clearly be required to make the sports activities use-instances fly).
The corporate additionally talks usually concerning the module being a approach for it to contribute to the event of the wearables market. And says will probably be offering an SDK to partnering organizations to encourage the event of “new business options” for its Single-Lens Show Module.
So, in different phrases, the place there’s a will there’s a wearable.
2014: 19 million wearables
In a wearables market report put at present, analyst Berg Perception says shipments of related wearables — which incorporates sensible glasses — reached 19 million in 2014, up from 5.9 million final yr, with wearables rising at a compound annual progress fee of fifty four.7 per cent. The analyst is forecasting shipments will attain 168.2 million models in 2019.
Wearables clearly covers a number of gadget varieties, together with smartwatches, health & exercise trackers, individuals monitoring & security units and medical units. And sensible glasses are undoubtedly the marginal fringe of wearables so far — with Berg noting that shipments of this gadget sort have up to now been “very modest”.
Nevertheless the analyst does say it sees promising use-instances for sensible glasses in particular markets, resembling enterprise and medical, in addition to in area of interest segments of the buyer market, and is predicting sensible glasses will turn out to be the third largest class of related wearables within the subsequent 5 years. So maybe Sony’s experimental clip-on module is onto one thing.
“The alternatives are plentiful — improved imaging functionality along with palms-free operation, actual-time communication and augmented actuality performance would for instance make sensible glasses a critical contender on the motion digital camera market,” stated Berg analyst Johan Svanberg in a press release, discussing the potential of sensible glasses.
A Glass-type gadget that may be worn for particular situations after which packed up and put away may nicely really feel extra applicable and helpful to extra individuals than a Google-branded omnipresent face pc. Time will inform.