December 17th 2014 at 1:16 am
Sony has just announced a new attachable display module that can turn a "pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear" into smartglasses. And, yes, it's completely detachable so you can remove it whenever you want to. This module is comprised of a control board where the Bluetooth and WiFi sensors, processor and other components live, along with a 640x400 OLED microdisplay that serves as your screen. The company sees a long list of potential applications for sports, work and entertainment, so it plans to provide "partner organizations" with an SDK.
No that looks hideous but they are moving more to regular glasses which is a good thing.Google clearly saw this design from Sony : http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/17/sony-single-lens-display-module/ , which is what Google should have done from the start. Sony's version can detach from the glasses (so you don't look like someone going to a Star Trek convention when you don't need to) , i also believe the whole idea is that you can attach/deattach the camera/device to your own glasses/frames , so you can still look somewhat stylish when using this.
Also giving the project to Tony Fadell who worked on the iPod and makes the good looking Nest thermostats is a great move.9to5Google has heard from more than one person close to Project Glass that the Mountain View company is testing at least one variation of the device that looks and functions much more like a regular pair of glasses.
It's not "moving to more regular glasses" , it IS fitted on regular glasses. Their demo glasses are not pretty, sure, but that's not the point, you can fit that device on your own sunglasses or regular glasses. So with Sony's design you don't buy glasses or a frame, you just buy the android module that latches onto your existing glasses.No that looks hideous but they are moving more to regular glasses which is a good thing.