Epson–a global leader in technology and an original innovator of wearable technology–introduces a next-generation augmented reality platform, the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses.
Little do some people realize, but Epson already had a pair of smart glasses. The Moverio BT-100 came out in 2011, were bulky, and not intended for consumer use. They were tech-in-progress. Now, they’re back…and still tech-in-progress, although improved. With Google Glass out in the wild and Oculus Rift snagging headlines, Epson is readying the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses, going on sale in March for $699 and intended for everyday consumers. Or, should we say, early adopters, because it’s still hard to figure out who would buy one.
Moverio Product Features
The feedback on the first-generation Moverio result is a new product truly fitting the title, “Next Generation.” Featuring lighter, smaller glasses with a host of technological improvements, the Moverio BT-200 enables the development of truly innovative applications.
Moverio Product Features
The front-facing camera enables the BT-200 to support Augmented Reality applications.
Larger, Brighter Screen
A large HD canvas provides a more immersive viewing experience and is two times brighter than the BT-100.
Updated Control Unit
The touch pad Control Unit runs Android 4.0, features a more robust processor and now includes Bluetooth connectivity.
Smaller & Lighter
Significantly smaller in size and 60% lighter, the BT-200 enables comfortable use for longer periods of time.
Built-in motion tracking enables a whole new level of interactivity in applications and games.
What’s New With Moverio BT-200
What does Epson’s smart glass solution have that others don’t? Good question. The lenses here are mostly transparent: the projected heads-up image comes into magnified angled sections in the middle of clear lens, but you can see weird lenses-within-lenses, like crazy bifocals.
The new glasses are 60 percent thinner than before, and even fit somewhat easily over my eyeglasses thanks to a flexible nosepiece. At least they rested comfortably, although it may not look like it from the photos. A handheld Android console with a touchpad powers the floating display, which is capable of 3D if the content supports it. I watched a streaming 3D YouTube video, for instance. Why? Because, well, CES, that’s why.
The Smart Glasses have a 960×540 resolution 16:9 display, which hovers with a 23-degree field of view. The glasses support H.264 video playback, work with Dolby Digital Plus to carry audio to connected headphones for surround sound.
The wired Android 4.0 touchpad controller has Bluetooth 3.0, an SDHC card slot for up to 32GB of storage. Built-in Wi-Fi will also work for streaming video content, and with an extra bridge adapter they could be used to mirror HDMI-connected set-top boxes and other entertainment sources.