See things your way with Epson’s pioneering smart glasses

Unlock the power of augmented reality with the smaller and lighter Moverio BT-200

See things your way with Epson’s pioneering smart glasses

7 January 2014 - With the Moverio BT-200, Epson is introducing a new way of seeing the world with its first Augmented Reality (AR) device that can be used on the move or at home. These second generation, see-through, binocular smart glasses build on the success of the BT-100 and are half the size and 60% lighter – weighing in at just 88g. Available from May 2014 and priced at £649, the BT-200 unlocks the limitless potential of AR for developers looking to create apps for the consumer and business space.

Wearable technology is the future – The new Moverio is packed full of features and functionality for AR, enabling a digitally enhanced view of the real world. Sensing technology, including a front-facing camera, gyroscope, GPS system, compass, and accelerometer, allows the device to accurately understand a user’s movements and the world around them.

Graeme Davidson, business manager for Visual Imaging, Epson UK says: "Consumer wearable electronics represents a significant growth segment with a forecast value, worldwide, of over $8bn in 2013, growing to almost $19bn by 2017. By tapping into this growing demand for wearable technology, we have developed the BT-200 - the only affordable, binocular, see-through device of its kind on the market that projects content over a viewer’s entire field of vision. It’s not vapour-ware, it’s a real proposition, as we’ve been in this market with a tangible product that has been available to purchase since 2011."

Apps, delivered to you

– The Moverio Apps Market makes the most of the BT-200’s updateable, open-platform Android OS, giving users access to specially designed apps. The developers’ site goes live in March where developers will find all the tools and information necessary to build apps for the Moverio for commercial availability in May 2014. In addition to consumer applications, the BT-200 can serve as a highly effective visual tool in a wide variety of commercial and vertical market applications, including training, logistics, science, medicine, security, education and many more.

The BT-200 gives users a perceived screen of up to 320 inches (812 cm) in qHD resolution allowing films, games and apps to be experienced in a new way. Not only does it make the most of AR software, viewers can also watch 2D and 3D films with integrated Dolby Digital Plus sound. The user-friendly multi-touch trackpad allows you to take control and run applications on the Moverio’s fast 1.2GHz dual core processor. Its battery life of up to six hours ensures you won’t run out of power when you’re out and about.

Furthermore, users can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and download apps from the Moverio Apps Market to an 8GB internal memory, or increase the memory capacity up to 32GB using an SD card. The BT-200 can also connect with other devices, including smartphones, using Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA and Miracast.

Key Features

  • Perceived image of up to 320 inches in qHD resolution
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Miracast connectivity
  • Built-in sensors including a camera, gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer, compass and microphone
  • 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory, with the ability to add up to 32GB of additional memory with an SD card
  • Battery life of up to six hours
  • Runs on Android 4.0.4
  • Dolby Digital Plus immerses users in cinematic surround sound
  • Compact and light design
  • Watch side-by-side 3D content

1Weight does not include cable.
2 Futuresource Consulting, wearable technology market report, November 2013.
3Epson product RRP €699.  Cheapest competitor product with similar features available at €4699. Data taken from manufacturer’s websites and correct as of December 2013.