Epson updates AR smart glasses

Epson has launched an updated version of its wearable augmented reality (AR) device. The Moverio BT-200 is half the size of the BT-100 (launched in November 2011) and is 60 per cent lighter.

The glasses weigh 88g, and are available from May 2014 and priced at €699.

The new Moverio includes a front-facing camera, gyroscope, GPS system, compass, and accelerometer, allows the device to understand a user’s movements and the world around them.

The Moverio Apps Market allows the BT-200’s open-platform Android OS to give users access to specially designed apps. The developers’ site goes live in March where developers will find all the tools and information necessary to build apps for the Moverio for commercial availability in May 2014.

In addition to consumer applications, the BT-200 can serve as a visual tool in a variety of commercial and vertical market applications, including training, logistics, science, medicine, security, education.
The BT-200 gives users a perceived screen of up to 320 inches in qHD resolution ( 960 x 540 pixels) with integrated Dolby Digital Plus sound.

Battery life is up to six hours and users can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and download apps from the Moverio Apps Market to an 8GB internal memory, or increase the memory capacity up to 32GB using an SD card.

The BT-200 can also connect with other devices, including smartphones, using Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA and Miracast.