Unlike Google Glass, which has an electronic display mounted in front of one eye, Sony’s concept for a head-mounted apparatus shows displays mounted behind the lenses in both eyes. The displays would feature a horizontal adjustment relative to the optical center of each lens as well as a vertical adjustment. The eyeglass would be equipped with ear-buds that protrude from small arms attached to the eyeglass temples.
Sony has yet to disclose any plans to commercialise the device. However, the patent application is the latest in a series of applications the company has filed, including one in June, 2012 that described a smart glass-type product that would allow wearers to capture and share personal information with others wearing the same glasses. According to that patent application, wearers could glance at each other and transmit information to lens-like display panels mounted in front of their eyes.
The system could also pick up information from visual tags mounted on “stationary objects such as posters, signboards, guide plates for various types of facilities, walls of buildings, doors, windows, trees, moving objects such as cars and railroad trains, commercial products in stores, and animals such as dogs and cats.” According to Sony, the system may include an optional wrist-watch display, and could be mounted on a pair of conventional eyeglasses.