Epson showcases second-generation smart glasses

Posted at 01/11/2014 11:01 PM

MANILA - Electronics company Epson, best known for its printers and projectors, rolled out its second generation Moverio "smart glasses" to assert its entry into today's market for headmounted devices.

The Moverio BT-200 features a stereoscopic virtual display with a 23-degree field of view, which allows for a 360-degree panoramic experience through its gyroscopic head tracking features.

The Android-powered device boasts a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 support, as well as a MicroSD card slot that can support up to 32GB of external memory.

"The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses offer consumers crystal clear video as well as access to incredible new augmented reality experiences and relevant information according to their personal interests and needs," said Atsunari Tsuda, General Manager, Visual Products Division, Epson.

It also comes with a handheld controller unit tethered (connected via a cable) to the Moverio BT-200, which gives users access to a growing selection of augmented reality applications.

Despite the gaming capability and other features like web surfing, Epson admits that its primary target market is businesses, unlike other competitors like Google.

"The Moverio technology platform can serve as a foundation for designing highly effective visual tools in a wide variety of commercial and vertical market applications, including training, logistics, science, medicine, security, education and more," Tsuda added.

Epson Moverio goes on sale in the US in March for around $700 (around P31,000).