Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:10

Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses – first looks

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Everyone knows of Google’s Glass – what few know is that Epson produced its first version of Moverio Glasses before Google popularised this wearable technology. The BT-200 is its second generation.

Apart from anything else, the second generation is smaller, 60% lighter and hence more comfortable. Unlike Glass, it allows standard prescription lenses to be fitted. Another key difference is that the glasses need a wired connection to a pocket device to work – a smartphone sized device without a screen but with a touchpad and additional sensors running Android.

It uses fibre projection technology to project an 80” equivalent (at 5 metres), 950 x 540, 3D, stereoscopic, see through image on both lenses of the glasses. A front facing camera and motion sensors do a good job of managing head movement.

Chrome Remote Desktop app allows connection to a desktop IOS, Windows, and Linux computer Wi-Fi. Bluetooth tethering allows an Android or windows phone cellular data connection.

It is definitely not as advanced as Google Glass but at under half Glass’s price that’s to be expected. It has great scope in research, office uses, and personal entertainment – the new H.264 video playback and Dobly sound is supported.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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