There are still a few months until the market the second generation of smart glasses of Epson, but the Japanese company has shared with us an advanced product presentation that was shown at the CES. The new BT-200 Moverio are smart glasses that want to go a step beyond the Google Glass, combining an own use of the consumer market with other uses own professional segment. The cinema in our eyes, gaming and navigation through Internet are mixed with functions of augmented reality, the development of applications or the recognition of parts in three dimensions to interact with them. All a promise whose success will depend on much of the interest that get awaken in the developers of apps.
Maybe compare these glasses with the first release of the Moverio BT-100 is too simple. It’s been three years this coming to market, more than enough time in the world of technology for new glasses just remembers to earlier. And it is that the Moverio BT-200 has managed to reduce by 60% the weight of the previous generation, from 220 grams to a very manageable 88 grams.
Along the same lines we see a team much more stylized and elegant forms, but especially will notice this difference in the ease with which you can wear these glasses for longer periods of time. Of course, if you’re a sensitive nose you’ll still notice some discomfort after having taken a while.
The Epson BT-200 reaches the market with the ability to be used with three different levels of opacity. Transparent mode will allow us to move these glasses normally around the house or on the street. The image projected in front of our eyes has a variable size depending on the distance at which the hearing proceeded, until a maximum size perception of 320 inches.
It should be borne in mind that the projection remains at the center of gaze while at the sides it is still seen as normal. The uses of these glasses are very numerous, from makeshift movie screen navigation with augmented reality street, through the recognition of objects in three dimensions.
The glasses Moverio work with the operating system Android (currently Android 4.0.4), which facilitate adaptation for those users who already have a mobile phone or tablet with this system. To control it, you have a control flask shaped cable that connects to the glasses. On the back is similar to the portable touch pad and various buttons to control volume, brightness and switching between the 2D mode and 3D mode. Let’s be honest, it’s not the easiest tool to move around the platform Android, and feel that it is a way of self-control from another era is accentuated even more striking the novelty and advancement involving these glasses. How to use a wireless keyboard and mouse and enjoy a huge all-in-one for editing documents or photographs? It is a very attractive idea.
For home users (who are not the main objective of these glasses, more aimed at developers and professional use), probably one of the biggest attractions is viewing movies. Having a virtual screen up to 320 inches is a pretty sexy candy. The images shown have a significant level of clarity, the same as the brightness, although it is true that this experience is best appreciated when we choose glasses with opaque accessory.
What we really liked as experience is to enjoy 3D content through these glasses. The sense of reality is accentuated when used this way, and that somehow the characters and scenes are a foot from us and not closeted within a screen a few feet. It is an alternative and fun experiences that threaten to steal many hours. In addition, the audio system of these glasses through the headphones have a high quality (Dolby Digital Plus certificate), which reinforces the use of multimedia Moverio.
Undoubtedly, one of the applications that best glasses can go Moverio second generation is augmented reality. The ability to interact with the real world becomes a big attraction. The problem of these applications is still not developed significantly, and we’re still in the early stages of a field that can be very prolific. Epson offers users using augmented reality multiply for more than three in the next four years, from 60 million estimated today up to 200 million.
On the other hand, Epson is beginning to deploy our own shop applications call Moverio Apps Market. It is a platform for developers who want to launch their specific tools for these glasses. It is a platform for developers who want to launch their specific tools for these glasses. In contrast to the first generation of glasses, the Japanese company will take a much more active approach to encourage the development of this ecosystem.
Much of the success of this device depends on the ability of the firm to attract quality applications to this platform, since the level of possibilities we are in a very broad field that covers many activities. Some of the demos we could sample included recognition of 3D shapes (and then interact with them) or applications that use the motion of the head to perform different actions. Nor should we forget that these glasses work on the platform Android, which will allow us to download applications from the official store of the system and use them.