Hardware overview

The SmartEyeglass device consists of an eyewear device and a wired controller that communicates with a host Android mobile device over a Bluetooth or WLAN connection. For selected markets, you can buy SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1.

Sensors, I/O, and connections.

Sensors, I/O, and connections.

  • The eyewear device contains the display, a camera, and sensors.
  • The controller contains a battery, microphone, and speakers. Buttons and a touch sensor accept user input.

This diagram shows the sensors and hardware features contained in the the controller.

Hardware features of the SmartEyeglass wired controller.

Hardware features of the SmartEyeglass wired controller.

Sensor data and image data collected by the camera and sensors go over the wired connection to the controller, where they are accessible to your SmartEyeglass app running on the host device through the Bluetooth or WLAN connection. Similarly, I/O gestures from the controller, such as button presses and taps or swipes, cause software events that go through the Bluetooth or WLAN connection to your SmartEyeglass app running on the host device.

Hardware operation

  • Power On/Off: Hold down “Power” for about 4 seconds.
  • Hardware Reset: Hold down “Power” & “Cam” for about 7 seconds.
  • Battery Charging: Connect the controller to an AC/USB Power Adapter to recharge the battery.

Hardware specifications

Host device version API level 19 (Android 4.4) and above
Display type binocular see-through
Resolution 419 (H) × 138 (V)
Field of vision diagonal 20°, 19° (H) x 6° (V)
Display frame rate 15 fps (WLAN mode), roughly 10 fps (BT mode)
Display color monochrome (green) with 8 bit color depth
Maximum brightness 1000 cd/m2
Transmittance 85% or more
Controller separate from eyewear, cable connection
Sensors accelerometer, gyroscope, electric compass, brightness sensor, microphones
Wireless connection
with host device
Bluetooth v3.0, Wireless LAN IEEE802.11b/g
Continuous operation time more than two hours
(at 500 cd/m2 brightness, without camera and WLAN operation)
Camera Still images: 3 Megapixels
JPEG streaming: QVGA

Sensor specifications

Sensor Measurement range Sensitivity Accuracy
Accelerometer -19.6~19.5 [m/s2] 0.153 [m/s2] ±1.96 [m/s2]
Gyroscope ±4.36 [rad/s] 0.000153 [rad/s] ±0.175 [rad/s]
Magnetic field sensor ±4912 [µT] 0.15 [µT] ±75 [µT]
Light sensor 0~63000 [lux] 0.96 [lux]

Sensor rates

The constants in the Sensor.SensorRates interface are set as follows:


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