Epson has unveiled its latest smart glasses at CES 2014 which the company says provides more features than Google Glasses. The Moverio BT-200 is a true binocular display that makes use of a small LCD projection lens system and optical light guide in each of the glasses. This provides a seamless way to view the physical and digital world at the same time.
The Moverio BT-200 is actually a more advanced version of the BT-100 which Epson introduced in 2011. This device will be available in March for $699 and is designed to be used for enterprises; an example is an assembly worker that can quickly scan the UPC codes and get real time data on the inventory. It can also be used by the regular consumer at home playing games, or viewing private documents in a public place.
The device runs on Android and the display covers both eyes unlike Google Glasses that only uses one lens as a display area. Epson says that the projected image has a resolution of 960 x 540 qHD. There’s also an array of sensors included such as gyroscope, magnetic compass, and accelerometer.
One feature of this device not found in most smart glasses is that it can mirror content from devices such as set top boxes or DVD players. This is possible with the help of its wireless mirroring adapter that beams content to other devices with HDMI connectivity. There’s also an accompanying controller which is used mostly as an input device enhancing the head-motion tracking input.
Epson says that it will be launching an app store for the BT-200 however consumers will also be able to get apps from the Google Play Store.