Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses now available for order

Epson Moverio BT-200
By Adam Zeis on 6 May 2014 08:35 am
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Epson has announced today the availability of their second-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses. The connected eyewear offering from Epson sells for $699.99, making it a cheaper alternative for those not wanting to make the $1500 jump to Google Glass. The BT-200 has various sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass, as well as a front-facing camera for photos, video and augmented-reality applications.

The Moverio BT-200 is also sporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, removable memory up to 32GB, Dolby Mobile surround sound, 3D content and nearly six hours of battery life to a single charge. Check out the full press release below for more.

Press Release

Epson Moverio DT-200 Advanced Augmented Reality Smart Glasses Shipping Commercially

Epson Targeting Enterprise, App Developers and Early Technology Adopters with Latest Generation Moverio Platform

LONG BEACH, CA – May 6, 2014 – Epson® today announced the commercial availability of its award-winning second-generation Moverio™ BT-200 smart glasses, delivering an advanced, full-featured augmented reality platform for enterprise, Android app developers and early adopters. With an MSRP of $699.99, the Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses are currently available through Epson.com and prelaunch.com.

Leveraging Epson's patented core technologies, the Moverio BT-200 offers an unparalleled binocular smart glasses experience optimized for augmented reality applications. Micro projectors located on each side of the eyeglasses project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user's field of view over the real-world environment. In addition, the Moverio BT-200 glasses contain sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass for head-motion tracking and hands-free navigation. A front-facing camera for video and image capture also detects real-world markers for augmented reality (AR) applications.

AR smart glasses can improve worker efficiency in vertical markets such as healthcare, logistics, field service, energy, manufacturing, education, retail and more. Developers such as APX Labs and Metaio are already working with Epson and enterprises to incorporate the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses' "see-through" augmented reality technology to allow for use cases such as retail and wholesale supply chain tracking, surgical training for doctors in the operating room, and remote field service support for complex repair assistance.

"Moverio BT-200 is Epson's second-generation smart glasses and incorporates much of the feedback provided by both the AR developer and end-user communities," said Anna Jen, director, New Ventures/New Products for 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."

"Wearable technologies present a very compelling opportunity for those organizations that want to push the boundaries of innovative design and technology applications," said Andrew Vaz, chief innovation officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "It's crucial for organizations to build a baseline understanding of how wearables will impact the strategic drivers of their market, and find ways to use wearables in their businesses to gain competitive advantage."

APX Labs built Skylight, the enterprise software platform for smart glasses which takes full advantage of the Moverio BT-200 capabilities. Skylight uses the front-facing camera to stream real-time video feeds, enabling workers to get instant expert help; it uses the powerful motion sensors to enable completely hands-free user interaction; and it uses the rich overlay display to provide data right where work is getting done.

"The Epson Moverio BT-200 is practical, affordable, and powerful enough to handle a wide range of important use cases," said Ed English, chief product officer at APX Labs.

For complete Moverio BT-200 specifications and additional information, please visit www.epson.com/Moverio. To purchase, click "Learn More."

Reader comments

Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses now available for order

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Looking forward to a review of these. Not quite enough battery life to stay entertained on that non-stop from Phoenix to Heathrow, though.

Didn't parents used to warn us not to sit too close to the TV? I would like to "see" the research on how this affects your vision over time.

I would so love a pair of these so I can stick some 3D movies on while I commute into the city and back every day. It would take the irritation out of being yet another sardine in the can...

the design is pretty cool and the price is ok i guess but the question that comes to my mind is that watching a lot of tv at short distances is harmful for the eyes. what about this piece of glass. at a few milimetres away from the eyes and a lot of information to digest at once won't it be too much even if the product is authorised for retail everyday use by consumers