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Sony smart glasses up for pre-order

Sony is to start selling a test edition of its augmented reality eyewear, just weeks after Google announced it was postponing a similar project.

Pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass, costing $840 (£620), are now being taken in the UK and Germany, with Japan and the US to follow shortly.

The black-framed glasses are compatible with recent Android operating systems.

Last month Google announced that it was withdrawing its smart glasses for redevelopment.
Sony's initial model will come with a software development kit to encourage people to design apps for it, the company said.

The glasses, which weigh 77g, contain an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, image and brightness sensors, 3-megapixel camera and a microphone.

They also come with a controller, designed to be attached to clothing, which contains a speaker, touch sensor and the device's battery.

Text is displayed in front of the wearer in monochrome green.

View a demo of the eyewear in action below:

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