09 Dec 2014
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Epson's Moverio BT-200 smart glasses for more than entertainment

By Catherine Knowles

The Moverio BT-200 from Epson are binocular, transparent smart glasses that can be used for entertainment, manufacturing, medical science and more.

Epson says they listened to feedback on the first-generation Moverio and have made the new version lighter and smaller with a range of technological improvements.

They are 60% lighter and more comfortable when compared to previous models, have two removable shades, dual screens, prescription lens inserts, transparent display, motion sensors to capture head movement, front facing camera and an improved centered display.

With micro-projection and see-through imaging technology, each lens projects images into your surroundings. The front facing camera and motion tracker delivers large 2D or 3D images, front and centre, on a ‘floating’ 80-inch perceived screen.

Along with the image, the glasses come with Moverio detachable headphones to deliver Dolby Mobile surround sound.

The control unit has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, additional motion sensors, a textured touchpad and Micro SD card slot. With Android 4.0 OS it works with most Android apps.

A key feature is the removable memory - the glasses supports up to 32GB microSDHC card, which makes it simple to download content by transferring to a mircoSDHC card or built-in 1GB of user storage.

The glasses have nearly six hours of battery life and a RRP of $999.

Jon McCormack, Monash University Caulfield School of Information Technologyprofessor and researcher, says, “The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses are a very advanced type of technology. The ability to see a 2D or 3D image overlaid in front of you just by wearing glasses is amazing."

"The Moverio BT-200 smart glasses have a real future as augmented reality will become increasingly popular, particularly in specialist areas such as training, maintenance and servicing in the field - any job where you need to use your hands for something else, or need accurate spatial information about how something will appear in your environment,” says McCormack.

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