Sony Sees the Future: A Google Glass Inspired Gizmo

December 17, 2014

Nope, this is not about Sony’s outstanding network and system security. Do you recall the Mavica line of cameras. The one that caused me to avoid Sony products and services was the Mavica with the built in CD recorder.

The idea was that instead of more traditional, standards based memory, the camera included a small CD. Take a picture and store the image on the CD. I ended up with this gizmo and learned two things:

First, the write process was slooooow. The camera was unusable for walk around photography. We did get decent results when it was in the studio. But we had purpose built cameras that did that work better, faster, and cheaper.

Second, the data format was proprietary. I recall the thrill of upgrading Windows and discovering that the Sony software would not work. Guess what? No update was forthcoming.

I read “Sony’s Latest Concept Smart Eyewear Can Be Fitted to Any Glasses, Will Be Demoed at CES.” Read this story. Think of the wonky Mavica. Google seems to have walked away from Glass or at least Dr. Babak Amir Parviz (yep, the fellow with different versions of his name) has hightailed it to Amazon.

Perhaps Sony could marry the Mavica with the CD writer to the Google Glass-type device. I wonder how that would look hanging from my trifocals.

Stephen E Arnold, December 17, 2014


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