Sony's augmented reality glasses are real, just not pretty

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Sony has toyed around with ideas like a clip-on headset to compete with Google Glass, but its initial entry into augmented reality wearables is this full headset. It's not a consumer product yet, but the SmartEyeGlass SED-E1 Developer Edition previewed a few months agois coming to 10 countries in March, for $840 (US), 670 (EUR), or 100,000 (yen). While we wait for Microsoft's HoloLens and a revamped version of Glass, Sony is using "holographic waveguide technology" in 3mm AR lenses to put information directly in the wearer's eyeline. A demo video (it's after the break) can give you an idea of the capabilities, but it's a lot more like Glass than Hololens, with simple monochrome text and diagrams. It can connect to compatible Android smartphones, and is controlled with that little puck you see in the picture above -- that's where the battery, speaker, microphone, NFC and touch controls are.

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