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Friday, 10 January 2014

Epson takes on Google with new 'smart glasses'

Printer company Epson has launched a pair of augmented reality smart glasses at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which could challenge Google in the nascent market for head-mounted devices.
Running Android 4.0 and featuring Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, Epson's Moverio BT-200 has two transparent screens which work together to overlay an image in the centre of the user’s field of vision.
The glasses contain built-in sensors including a gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer and microphone, as well as Dolby Digital Plus sound capability and a multi-touch trackpad that allows users to take control and run applications on the Moverio’s 1.2GHz dual core processor.
Weighing in at only 88g, and with a battery life of up to six hours, Epson said that the Moverio BT-200 can be used "on the move or at home". The glasses will be available from May 2014 and priced at €699 (£578).
The Moverio BT-200 is Epson's second foray into wearable technology, following the launch of the BT-100 video glasses three years ago. The BT-200 is half the size and 60 per cent lighter than its predecessor, making it much more portable.
 “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," said Graeme Davidson, business manager for Visual Imaging, Epson UK.
"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.”
Epson is targeting the Moverio BT-200 at business users as well as consumers, claiming that it could serve as an effective tool in a wide variety of commercial applications, including training, logistics, science, medicine, security and education.
source: TheGuardian

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