Has Sony solved Google Glass' cringe factor with this spectacle-mounted wearable?

Sony has announced a single-lens display wearable which can be attached to conventional glasses at will.

the device clips onto spectacles and sunglasses

The wearable, which will soon be manufactured by a yet-to-be-announced company, will provide users easy access to handsfree data with its 640 x 400 pixel display, especially sports enthusiasts participating in cycling and golf.

The gadget comes with a camera and can be simply clicked onto “a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear,” a customisation ability which could prove more fashionable than Google Glass.

A Sony statement said: “Sony is aiming to start mass production of this display module within the coming year.

“It is looking to provide the product to a wide variety of potential customers, from eyewear makers whose pieces are tailored for specific uses such as sports or entertainment, to electronics manufacturers who are considering pairing their products with wearable devices, to companies that provide business solutions utilizing wearable devices.”

Apps can be loaded onto the 40 gram device, enabling it to operate independently of any other hardware, however, it will also be capable of communicating with smartphones.

2015 will be the year of the wearable with a recent Forrester survey citing the wrist as the US public’s favourable position for gadgets - and the eyes and ears - the least.

Despite the disastrous leaks occurring at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the firm has made a bold foray into the wearables market, last month announcing the minimalist FES e-paper smartwatch.

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