Epson Takes on Google Glass with ‘Augmented Reality’ Gear for $700

Epson's Moverio
Epson’s Moverio

Think Epson and you’ve probably got printers on your mind, but the firm also makes wearable computing devices, and has released its latest effort in the area for less than half the current price of Google’s forthcoming Glass headware.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 is a pair of high-tech specs that uses twin microprojectors to display images on the interior side of the glasses with 960 by 540 resolution, has built-in Dolby speakers, and a forward-facing camera for recording everyone else. Accelerometers are also built-in, and the device is controlled with an Android handset that serves as a touchpad.

“Moverio BT-200 is Epson’s second-generation smart glasses and incorporates much of the feedback provided by both the augmented reality developer and end-user communities,” said Anna Jen, director of new products at Epson America.

“With these improvements, Moverio BT-200 is poised to deliver an AR experience that will revolutionize workflow, training and repair in the enterprise environment.”

The glasses aren’t as advanced as Google’s current Glass prototypes – you have to have the control unit plugged in with a wire to use them – but they are less than half the price of the Chocolate Factory’s headware, with a $700 price tag as they went on sale on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: Iain Thomson 
The Register

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