Epson unveiled its second generation Moverio smart glasses with a combination of new features “geared to transform how consumers experience games, video entertainment and the world around them.”
What makes the Epson Moverio BT-200 better than some, ahem, other solutions is that it rocks a true binocular display that uses a miniaturized LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses.
The Moverio platform’s advanced binocular optical system projects see-through overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the smart glasses’ field of view. Enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital world, the Moverio BT-200 technology platform makes a new world of augmented reality applications possible for consumers as well as commercial enterprises.
The Moverio BT-200 projects a stereoscopic virtual display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 23-degree field of view. A 360-degree panoramic experience is possible through third-party software that takes advantage of the glasses’ head-tracking features. For optimum viewing privacy, Moverio’s projection system features unique light guide angles which prevent other people from viewing the projected content.
Specs wise, Epson’s glasses feature a qHD (960 x 540 pixel) screen, an array of sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass) for head-motion tracking, front-facing camera, Android 4.0-powered handheld controller unit, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus sound tech, and even a microSD memory card slot.
According to the Japanese company, the Moverio BT-200 is good for both businesses and regular users. In that sense, the company used CES to demonstrate different kinds of usage scenarios, showing various games as well as enterprise solutions from APX Labs, Crane Morley, Evena Medical and Metaio.
When it comes to the BT-200’s availability, this and some other details are still unknown; though we know that launch dates will vary by region.