Now that Google Glass has retreated from public view, other companies are hoping to capitalize on the non-existent smart glasses market. One such company is Sony, which, for some inexplicable reason, is offering its SmartEyeglass wearable to consumers all across the globe. All you’ll need is a cool $840—about the price of a solid laptop.
If you thought Google Glass made people look silly, Sony’s product looks even nerdier. Not only are the frames themselves bulkier, but there’s a separate controller that’s permanently wired to the SmartEyeglass. They look like something out of the 80s.
Once hooked up to a supported smartphone, you can use the controller for gestures, and even speak into it if you don’t want to type messages out.
Sony made a video showing off what the SmartEyeglass can do, and it actually perfectly demonstrates why you shouldn’t buy them. Kudos to Sony for trying something new and different, but I’m shocked the company has approved this for public consumption. The florescent green text makes my head hurt.
If you do decide to participate in Sony’s experiment, developers in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan will be able to pick up the SmartEyeglass starting today; business customers in other countries across Europe can also purchase Sony’s smart glasses.
“Imagine never not knowing,” Sony says about its SmartEyeglass technology. Then imagine Neo setting us all free.