Sony working on Google Glass-like device

Filed patents show similar concept to search giant’s experimental headgear

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Sony working on Google Glass-like device Sony’s head-mounted display glasses are the latest in a series of revelations regarding wearable tech. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 25, 2013

Less than a week after a Samsung insider revealed that the South Korean electronics firm was working on a competing product to Apple's rumoured iWatch, tech site TechCrunch.com reported that Sony has filed an application for a continuation patent pertaining to head-mounted display (HMD) glasses similar to Google Glass.

The November 14 filing shows that Sony is closing in on a serviceable gadget, which displays images to both eyes, unlike Google's one-eye device, but similar to Sony's own HMZ-T2 Personal 3d Viewer home theatre headset.

Previous filings show that Sony has been working on the HMD glasses since 2008. The patents do not reveal any information on the content of the display, but do make reference to a 2D interface and moveable screens, allowing the wearer to adjust their distance from the eyes.

The preamble to the forthcoming wearable device market comes at a time when industry analysts are expressing concerns over a lack of innovation in the smartphone segment. While feature sets have yet to be confirmed, the Samsung insider who revealed the company's work on a wristwatch device said the gadget would carry all the major functions of a smartphone.

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