Epson’s second generation of wearable technology hopes to steal some of the focus away from Google Glass
Epson has announced the next generation of its Moverio BT-200 smart glasses technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Running Android 4.0 and featuring Bluetooth support, the Moverio BT-200 is a head-controlled device with two transparent screens which work together to overlay an image in the centre of the user’s field of vision.
The glasses contain built-in sensors including a gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer and microphone, as well as Dolby Digital Plus sound capability. Users will be able to watch HD and 3D content via two 0.42-inch LCD panels which deliver the equivalent of a 320-inch qHD screen across your entire field of vision, along with the ability to see side-by-side 3D content.
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Like Google’s Glass, there is also a front-facing VGA camera, although Epson is keen to stress that the camera is normally off, and when it is operational, a red recording light is clearly visible on the device, in order to distance itself from some of the worries surrounding Google’s hardware data capture.
Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the BT-200 also comes with 8GB of storage space, which can be expanded up to 32GB via an SD card, and Epson believe users will enjoy a battery life of around six hours.
The glasses’ bulkier construction is a signal that Epson is aiming the BT-200 towards enterprises rather than consumers. Potential uses include allowing workers to QR or AR codes automatically to get information on products or inventory quickly and easily.
The Moverio BT-200 will be on sale through Amazon and direct from Epson for $699, and will be available in the U.S. in March and Europe in May.
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