"Sony's smart glasses take on Google glass (hands-on)"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Sony's smart glasses take on Google glass (hands-on)
We've been hearing so much about smart watches recently that it's easy to forget they're not the only kind of wearable around.
We're here at IFA2014 in Berlin, taking a look at Sony's Smart Glass concept.
So, for now, the design is a little clunky, but what these basically do is something very similar to Google Glass, and that is to, to project an image in front of you, in your field of vision.
But now, this is controlled using this external pad here.
There's a touchpad on there as well, and a button to activate the camera that you can see here on the front.
However, Sony tells me that, eventually, these things will be able to monitor your eye movement, to handle things like scrolling that way.
So what are you gonna actually use these things for?
Well, Sony's given us a few examples.
For instance you could have a recipe up on the screen to keep your hands free while you're cooking.
You could wear them while out and about walking down the street to use augmented reality to identify what buildings around you are.
Or my personal favorite.
Because these things are in contact with your phone.
You can use facial recognition to look at the database of the images in your contacts.
And recognize the people around you.
And maybe even tell you where you know them from.
Saving you social embarrassment.
So as mentioned, this is only a concept for now.
So don't expect to be able to buy it any time soon.
But it's definitely a cool demonstration of what the smart glasses could do.
So stay tuned.
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