Epson Moverio BT-200: Augmented reality glasses looking at a target




Epson Moverio BT-200: Augmented reality glasses looking at a target

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Although Google Glass is by far the most well-known computer glasses, showed at CES that many other companies are working on such devices. Striking are the major differences: Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer is primarily intended for example for gaming and watching movies, and because the screen is not transparent, augmented reality applications not possible. Glass is transparent prism precisely because of its well suited to provide useful information in everyday acts but in turn totally unsuitable for watching movies.

Epson, most people known as printer manufacturer, showed at CES glasses that functionally on a mix of Google Glass and Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer appears. This Movirion BT-200, which last year amounted to follow BT-100 is equipped with two prisms and projectors. Instead of above your field of vision, such as Google Glass, the prisms are right before your eyes. Therefore, it is thus possible to provide augmented reality applications again and if the glasses off, you can simply look through the glass. Because the prisms are right before your eyes, it is also possible to watch videos, even in 3D.

Ergonomically speaking, the Mivirion not a high flyer. Heavy is not it but you have to adjust it properly before it is pleasant to wear. For extended periods The relatively low weight could be achieved by Epson most of the hardware in a separate box has stopped, that a cable is connected to the glasses. In this box you’ll find all the hardware that is present in a smartphone as well as a battery, so the glasses can be. More than six hours of continuous use On the outside of the box is a touchpad control to operate the interface. Glasses of Interface that runs on Android 4.0.4 which no changes are made. The homescreen so looks the same as Android on a tablet in landscape mode. Epson hopes that app developers thus more inclined to the glasses to develop software.

The screens have a resolution of 960×540 pixels and look pretty good, though we found the 3D experience is not particularly; Epson showed us a demo seeing footballers in slow-motion, but the picture did not seem very sharp and the 3D image deferred not yet very quiet. When viewing normal 2D image glasses performs a lot better, for example, though he does not compare with the quality of Sony’s glasses with OLED screens. To ensure that users are not distracted when they want to watch video, Epson provides a kind of clip-on sunglasses with it, obscuring everything. This helps properly and indeed ensures that the video is a lot nicer looking.

For whom and for what exactly Movirio BT-200 meant, the question remains. Epson wants the glasses, as he comes out later this year, selling both to consumers and to businesses and hopes that app developers have devised innovative apps by this time that will be. Incidentally sold through a special Movirio-appstore These apps are urgently needed, because at this time, the glasses are not much, we could play at the Epson stand a few games and watch movies, but such a smart glasses, we expect more innovative applications.

Epson wants the glasses will sell for $ 700. Middle of this year For companies that the glasses for specific purposes like to put in writing the software itself and the BT-200 can certainly be a godsend, but before he too attractive to consumers, Epson has still to be done some work.


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