Sony’s answer to Google Glass was on display at MWC last week, and luckily for us Nicole Scott was in attendance to take a look – excuse the pun. Still at an early prototype stage in development, the Sony Eyeglass Protoype was demoed to developers at the WIP Jam (which actually means Wireless Industry Partnership..er…Jam) to pretty much whet their appetite. Few details are available as Sony attempts to keep its cards very close to its chest on this one.
We know very little about the technology powering the Sony Eyeglass prototype device in terms of the actual glass used in the lenses and the silicon that’s driving it. By demoing this proof of concept device to developers however, Sony is offering proof that the company is ready and willing to keep pace with Google and others in the development of next-gen digital wearables.
The demo sees Nicole accessing cloud data regarding an impending flight as she walks through an airport. Which as a core concept is intriguing, and one that fits with what wearable devices could be doing in the not too distant future. But it also raises issues about the cloud data services being leveraged in the concept – top of my question list? Who’s proving the data to me? Who knows which flight I am on? So which service am I subscribing to, and how is Sony involved in this relationship?
Sony does not currently have the app and service infrastructure that it needs to sustain a real push in wearables alone. Which means it have to play ball with those companies that do. I have a odd feeling that developers in attendance at WIP Jam will have similar questions to ours.