It is a brand that we really did not expect in the sector for wearable computing that has created a stir at CES: Epson unveils its own smart glasses.
The manufacturer specializing in paper printing Epson has created a surprise by taking advantage of a conference held at CES in Las Vegas to introduce its own version of connected glasses, a model that aims to compete directly with Google Glass.
Baptized as Moverio BT-200, this smart glasses operate on Android 4.0 and rely on a total immersion with a projected center of the field of vision of the wearer. A design that would allow Epson to offer augmented reality, but also to make it more oriented towards multimedia functions such as playing movies or viewing pages on Internet. This is also a reworked version of the previous Moverio device proposed by the brand as multimedia spectacles that have found little echo in France.
The Moverio uses a video projection system integrated LED branches glasses for projecting an image on a polarized substrate, allowing the wearer to enjoy a video in reality. To put all the chances on its side this time, Epson has reworked the look of its glasses, making them more compact.
The case includes a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP processor, combined with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11n (compatible Miracast), a Bluetooth 3.0 Module. This model differs by the presence of an accelerometer, a camera, a microphone, and also a GPS and a compass. Epson says it will be possible to enjoy games mixed with reality, or simply follow a GPS route when hiking or sightseeing while enjoying a virtual tour.
Moverio BT-200 smart glasses will be available in May 2014 at a price of 699 euros.